Paul Devantier's voice is familiar to many listeners around the
world. He has hosted BY THE WAY for decades sharing
devotional thoughts on a daily basis. Listeners have written
to say that BY THE WAY "brightens" their day. People
identify with the simple, down-to-earth thoughts. They find
them "inspiring" and "helpful." They
write to say that their faith in Jesus Christ is "strengthened"
as they are reminded of God's goodness and as they are encouraged
to live according to God's plan.
(the only name by which he has
ever been known on the radio program) has been the
voice of By The Way since 1974. The internationally
syndicated daily program, is heard on radio stations around the
world and on the Internet. Three booklets of selected
By The Way messages have been published. In addition to By
The Way, Dr. Paul Devantier’s career has included managing
radio stations, national publications, and satellite networks.
He has been a writer, producer, director, talent and executive
producer for numerous radio and television programs. He
served as executive director of communications for The Lutheran
Church – Missouri Synod. Paul was also selected to be the
national director of an adoption awareness effort initiated by
the United States Congress.
In their personal lives, Paul and his wife, Ellen, have been very
involved in child welfare and adoption-related activities.
The Devantier family, including three children who were adopted,
has been a foster family for more than 80 foster children.
Paul holds a Master's Degree in Mass Communication from Southern
Illinois University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia
Seminary, St. Louis, and a Doctor of Letters Degree from Concordia
The print, radio, and television productions he has supervised
have received awards from the National Association of Broadcasters,
Hollywood-based Excellence in Media, Associated Church Press,
the Telley Awards and others. A network television special
for which he was Executive Producer received an Emmy nomination.
He served as script consultant for a teen pregnancy film that
received the First Place Gold Camera Award at the U.S. International
Film and Video Festival. The Wisconsin Council on Developmental
Disabilities honored him for his media efforts on behalf of those
with developmental disabilities. Also, he received the distinguished
Alumnus Award from Concordia University Wisconsin. He and
his family have been honored for their work with children, including
the Outstanding Adoptive/Foster Parent award from the Adoption
and Foster Care Coalition of Missouri and the “Friend of Adoption”
award from the National Council For Adoption. Paul and his
wife, Ellen, have 5 children - Richard, John, Andrew, Katie and
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