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Paul Joseph Skok
Paul Joseph Skok
11/3/1947 - 9/28/2015
Reverend Doctor Paul Joseph Skok made his transition, peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Monday, September 28th , 2015. He is preceded in death by his Mother Anna Skok Barlow who he loved and cared for, and his father Paul Joseph Skok, his namesake.
Paul spent his younger years growing up in Tarrytown, New York , then Spencer , Indiana and later moved to the Denver Metropolitan area. He received degrees at Purdue University, Ball State University, and the University of Denver Law School. After his graduation from Law School he opened his own Law practice, and published a book for trial attorney's of which he was extremely proud of - "Trial Attorney's Guide To Insurance Coverage And Bad Faith" a Personal Injury Library.
Because Paul was an overachiever he also became a Dive Master and Reiki Master.
Paul was an advocate for personal growth where he spent over twelve years facilitation PSI leadership seminars helping hundreds of people realize their dream and potential. What Paul mostly enjoyed was helping other people and making a difference in the world he thoroughly enjoyed.
His love and dedication to peace, love, and growth of the spirit spurred his interest in his next endeavor. Paul graduated with a Masters Degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute and a Doctorate Degree from Emerson Institute shortly thereafter, approximately 4 1/2 years ago. Holmes Institute is an incredible 3 year commitment to achieve one's Masters Degree of challenging studies followed by 5 discipline exams in World Religions, Science, Philosophy, Psychology and Education and Teaching. All course work and exams must be passed in order to obtain your Masters degree, after which you become a licensed Minister. In other religions this qualifies you to be an Ordained Minister immediately but in the Centers for Spiritual Living, you still must serve for a minimum of two or more years, in dedicated service, in order to qualify for your Ordination panels. Paul served in so many incredible loving ways during those next two years and onwards: To name just a few: He founded, with Rev. Barbara Rush, Global Outreach Connections, a ministry which now holds the Ministerial licenses of 11 Ministers and 8 Practitioners. Before Paul entered Barbara's previous ministry, Global Ministries, she was one Minister and the resulting Global Outreach Connection expanded through his guidance and administration skills. Their mission was to provide "spiritual tools for personal and global transformation".
During Ministerial School, Rev. Paul was invited to join Global Services, the Centers for Spiritual Living's department in charge of managing and directing all activities outside of the US and Canada, of which there Centers and Study Groups extended from Russia to Jamaica, to Africa and beyond to Asia. He facilitated all the English language conference calls which often linked up England, Russia, Costa Rica and Australia and beyond. His dedication and diligence in organizing and facilitating these calls was a calling and a gift to our world ministry. Most importantly, Paul served as a beacon of light in his vision to join Outreach International in implementing a huge food drive for Tanzania and Kenya for Global Services at Mile Hi Church some years back. This project was beyond most people's ability to comprehend as the scope and dimension of what it entailed could only be facilitated by a person like our Rev. Dr. Paul Joseph Skok. To watch those hundreds of boxes being packed and later shipped opened everyone's hearts to what is possible if you have the vision and the commitment and dedication to achieve it. That was our Paul.
But it didn't end there. Centers for Spiritual Living, our International Headquarters, knew of Paul's expertise in law, and invited him to participate in their legal counsel team in running our huge organization. His expertise of the law and his profound love for Science of Mind, made the perfect challenging, questioning voice of Paul, as a very valued asset to the team. As one member said, Paul was always that voice of vision, thinking out of the box, bigger and greater than the rest of what was possible, and they are grateful for all his contributions in yet another aspect of his ministry.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, JoEllen Ufner. And his extended family, the Lindsays, Regis, Denise, Mollyann, Kathleen and Patrick.
A Celebration of Life of his life will be held at:
Mile Hi Church (in the small dome bg)
9077 W. Alameda Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226
Saturday October 17 @ 2pm
Followed by music and food in the lobby from 3-4:30
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to
Dumb Friends League or
Outreach International (http://outreach-international.org/)
Paul was the facilitator of my Basic in NY. He truly cared and loved everyone in the group. You could feel it a building away. He will be missed.
Rob M Nov 3 2015 12:00 AM
An amazing man which I was fortunate to have the privilege of knowing.
Margaret Ng Oct 18 2015 12:00 AM
To the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Paul, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to each and everyone of you. I only knew Paul for a brief time, but felt his authenticity and sincerity in our communication. From what I know, he made a profound impact and he will be missed. May each of us know that we are blessed by his presence and gifts. Peace and blessings, Gregory Coyle, RScP Oslo, Norway
Gregory Coyle Oct 18 2015 12:00 AM
I wish I could be at the celebration for Paul Joseph Skok today, I will be there in spirit. Paul was one of the reasons my whole family made it to the basic. My mom and dad went to the basic in October 99. The chief of staff of that basic was Paul, and he was very instrumental in helping me reach my goals which was to get my whole family to give themselves the gift of the basic. Sunday night of that basic my dad called my little brother, Jeff, and told him he should go to the seminar I had been talking to him about. Jeff signed up for the basic after that phone call and so did Vicki and Kylan. Michael Clyde Leonard, Mike and Karen, Rick and Karen, Mandell and Pat, Robin & Kevin, Elaine Romero, and the list goes on & on & on. That led to the rest of the Winter clan going to the basic and beyond. What a ripple... Thank you Paul for your love and support, for your light and encouragement and all you have given for the rest of us.
Patty Winter Oct 17 2015 12:00 AM
Stacy's Basic- Final Circle 3/1/15
Rick Rodgers Oct 17 2015 12:00 AM
Master of Ceremonies- Rick & Stacy's wedding 8/12/12
Rick Rodgers Oct 17 2015 12:00 AM
Paul overlooking as Rick, Stacy & Emerson take their vows 8/12/12
Rick Rodgers Oct 17 2015 12:00 AM
I cannot recall the hours spend talking to Paul in Las Vegas when he was facilitating PSI Basic Seminars. We would talk upon so many subjects. One day when I was bragging about my work I told him that I have been reading and diving into Leo Tolstoy because I was designing a logo for a retail store called Tolstoys. Paul lit up like a Christmas tree in mid July - he became animated and we discussed so many influences and parts of Leo tolstoys work - his enthusiasm allowed me to be thrilled about the project. When I was responsible for building the volunteer group to manage the class PSI calls them Chiefs - Paul on the second day pulled me aside and asked who was the person that I appointed to work the Audio? (It was my best friend and fellow Groomsman, Craig Hermann) He is known for livin life on the edge and pushing boundaries and well to place it bluntly a promoter who was a player with the ladies. I got a bit nervous about why Paul was so determined to know who is was.. I know Paul liked a class and schedule to run a certain way - which allowed him to deliver the best he can so I immediately responded -Oh Craig, I'm maverick and he well craig is my wing man! Paul looked at me in utter surprised concerned look then grinned Ear to Ear. Dan, Dano as he would call me, I have never, ever had a more astute, alert Audio man who is tearing it up and in the game bigger than he is - he is moving people and on it. he is incredible! - I was greatly relieved and very humbled, Paul then handed me the mic and told me its time for me to walk the class through a guided exercise! My stomach dropped - all of a sudden the room was a hot bikram yoga room and my eyes were frantically looking for the exit doors - Paul, I stated shakingly, I'm not going to do that - this is an important task, its the fascilitators role to due this...Paul looked at me smiled and said you got this! he always saw people bigger than they see themselves. he was the one of two people that ever told me that Im a great leader and speaker which supported me greatly in becoming a teacher and now tenured Professor at CSN!! I look forward to reading more Leo Tolstoy and remembering our great discussions.
Dan McElhattan IIi Oct 16 2015 12:00 AM
I staffed Paul's first Basic that he facilitated. As I recall, his mother was even there. Quite an amazing experience. Although I haven't stayed in touch with Paul over the past years, I am very impressed with all that he has accomplished and contributed. Blessings to all his family, friends, and those in the PSI and spiritual community who feel the loss of this man's spirit in their lives.
Hether Ayres Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM
Paul is someone I will forever remember as a part of my journey into personal development as he was my Basic Facilitator in February of 2012 in Denver. I knew from that three-day course that Paul was a man of integrity, a man willing to share his past with strangers and be real and authentic in his connections. I remember his stories of his childhood and his triumphs in life. I am honored to have known such a giving, selfless man. He has left behind an amazing legacy that will continue into infinity. Love and light to the family. Nicole
Nicole DiCristofaro Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM