Paul Goodliff grew up in an evangelical Anglican parish in Patcham, to the north of Brighton, and it was here that he came to faith. He trained for Baptist ministry at Spurgeon's College, and served for ten years as associate minister at Lewin Road Baptist Church before moving to Stevenage as minister of the Bunyan Baptist Church, and then the General Superintendent for the BUGB Central Area. He has also been a member of the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group since 2000.
Before serving as the BUGB Head of Ministry, he was a moderator of the Baptist Union's Church Relations Committee. In 2009, Paul completed a doctorate in theology and ministry at King's College, London. He has written books on pastoral care; the theology and psychology of shame; and most recently, ministerial formation and virtue ethics, Shaped for Service (2017) and ecumenism and oversight, Episcope (SCM 2020).
Paul lives in Oxfordshire, is married to Gill, and they have three adult sons and a number of grandchildren. He is passionate about art and books, paints when he has time and enjoys travel throughout Europe.