Pastor Patrick was born to Jim and Marvaleen Davis in Munich, Germany where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956. His father was career military and retired from Ft. McClellan in Anniston, Alabama where Patrick grew up as the oldest among two sisters and a brother. “My Dad sold insurance after retiring from the Army and Mom worked until she retired from Sears. Together they put all four of us kids through college. After high school it was just understood we would go to college, and interestingly, as kids coming of age in the 70’s, we never questioned that educational value instilled in us. All four of us went on to complete graduate degrees in fields of psychology, music, nursing and theology.”
In 1976 Pastor Patrick received his B.S. in Secondary Education majoring in Biology with a minor in History including courses in Music from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Upon graduation he taught high school biology, anatomy and physiology. While in college he began to work with choirs and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). In 1983 he entered seminary at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he studied under Dr. James Fowler known for his ground-breaking and seminal work in faith development theory and praxis. Upon graduation with a Masters in Divinity he was ordained in the North Alabama Conference, but later decided to serve as a Diaconal Minister specializing in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. He came to the California-Nevada Conference in 1989 where he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon and licensed as a Local Pastor and recognized as a Full Elder in June of 2012.
Pastor Patrick is the founder and Executive Director for the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Family Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized in 2002 to provide residential and foster care, supervision and support services to homeless teenage girls suffering from abuse and neglect. He is the author of “Creating A Caring Community,” which describes an interfaith approach to building peaceful communities based on the biblical understanding of “shalom.” Contact Pastor Patrick if you would like a copy. He currently serves on the Interfaith Peace Project Board of Directors whose mission is to provide home and local-based education programs to persons and groups interested in developing and enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the many faith traditions of the world.
Pastor Patrick invites you to “Enjoy your Faith!” Join him in a dialogical encounter of what it means to experience the reality of God’s love in the world each Sunday in worship at 10 am.
“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience.
You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.”
Teilhard de Chardin
“You don’t have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”