Rev Patrick has been with us as a Appointed Designated Minister since April, 2015. Since that date, his ministry has been exemplary. On the basis of his experience as a Designated Minister minister, the Board has approved that Patrick be raised to the Ordained Ministry July 12th, 2018.
Rev Patrick earned a 4 year Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from North American Baptist College in Edmonton (B.A.R.). He has a 1 year Diploma In Biblical Studies from Gardner College in Camrose, Alberta, and he has begun work on a Masters of Theology Degree through St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton, Alberta.
Rev Patrick has a passion for people and for social justice. He was originally ordained and licensed as a Clergyperson in 1984 and he was a minister to a congregation from 1991. Then, after pastoring for a number of years, he pursued another ministry in the career of law enforcement.
During his twenty-year career, he found himself also doing Chaplaincy work within his agency and he assisted in the search, call, and recruitment of successive Police Chaplains to his agency.
After living a life of pastoring and policing in very broken neighborhoods, Rev Patrick feels that he can bring some of our Creator’s hope, healing and humour to those he is fortunate enough to come into contact with.
Rev Patrick profoundly covets conducting funeral and memorial services and he finds it a true honour to preside over those who have suicided.
In Rev Patrick’s Own Words
My original faith community was a small conservative holiness community called the Church of God, based out of Anderson, Indiana. I was attracted to this community due to its historic position to ordain women, its high respect for the Bible, yet not in a literalistic sense and its robust social justice perspectives.
I allowed my credentials with this community to lapse in 2006. I have not sought re-credentialing with my original community as I have found that since 9-11, the denomination which is based out of the USA, has become more conservative, theologically and socially.
My hobbies are reading and fitness training. Public speaking is a passion. I have conducted life celebrations with a few in attendance and up to a thousand in attendance.
During my policing career, I taught Criminal Law, Elder Abuse, and court procedures.
I co-hosted a radio talk show for nine years on all matters pertaining to Police and Social /Community issues.