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Paul McCusker is an American writer and producer. He is best known for his work on Adventures in Odyssey, a nationally syndicated radio drama, and for his work with Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre. He has written over 50 books, 21 plays and 4 musicals. His best known works are the play "Catacombs", the novels The Mill House and Epiphany, and his audio adaptations of C.S. Lewis's works.

Paul McCusker
Born (1958-10-03) October 3, 1958 (age 61)
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
OccupationWriter, producer, director
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Elizabeth McCusker


McCusker grew up in Bowie, Maryland. He graduated from college with a degree in journalism and spent several years writing copy for a local publisher. From the late 1970s, he began writing sketches and plays for his church, Grace Baptist, many of which were published and are still in print. Among his most popular plays are "Catacombs"[1] and "First Church of Pete's Garage".[2]

In 1985, McCusker moved to California to write for Continental Singers and their touring drama group The Jeremiah People. In 1987, he was invited by Focus on the Family to help develop a radio show for kids, which later became Adventures in Odyssey.[3] He still consults on the show's scripts and writes them on occasion. He has also written 18 tie-in novels, including the "Passages" series. He won a Peabody Award for his work on Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom.

In the late 1990s, Paul developed Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre.[4] He has also dramatized C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Amazing Grace, the Father Gilbert Mysteries and The Screwtape Letters. Paul also writes novels, The Mill House and Epiphany being perhaps the best-known, and TSI: The Gabon Virus (2009) his most recent, which was co-written with Dr. Walt Larimore.

Paul has continued his audio drama efforts with the Augustine Institute, writing and directing Brother Francis, The Trials of Saint Patrick, and Ode to Saint Cecilia

Personal lifeEdit

Paul McCusker now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Elizabeth and two children; Thomas and Elanor. In 2007 he converted to Catholicism.[5]


  1. ^ Morford, Jessica (April 24, 2003). "'Catacombs:' script - unrealistic, presentation - decent". The Omnibus. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Dinner theater has teens trying to start church". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 3, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Producer feels real drama by winning 'Spinal Exam'". Gazette Telegraph. May 15, 1992. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Deutsch, Ken (December 12, 2008). "'Radio Theatre': Tales With a Message". Radio World. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Drake, Tim (2 June 2010). "Storyteller Says the Greatest Story Led Him to the Church". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 5 April 2017.

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