About Pat


Pat is an ordained United Church of Christ minister with forty years of experience. In her varied career she served as a parish pastor, intentional interim pastor, seminary lecturer, consultant and hospice and hospital chaplain.

As a parish pastor, Pat was a gifted preacher and teacher, counsellor and administrator. As an intentional interim she helped churches get ready for new leadership. Her specialty was working with conflicted and traumatized congregations, earning her the title of “Spiritual Janitor”.

She is the former executive director of Associates in Education and Prevention in Pastoral Practice, an interfaith ecumenical resource addressing the crisis of clergy sexual abuse. She lectured at seminaries around the country and consulted with judicatory leaders about policies and intervention. She was the national provider of the retreat, “Is Nothing Sacred?” for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. She is a contributing author to the resource book, When a Congregation is Betrayed, published by the Alban Institute. She is the author of “Why It’s Not an Affair” which has been translated into 15 languages around the world.

Pat served as a hospice and hospital chaplain providing spiritual care in home and hospital settings, as well as leading bereavement groups for adults and children.

Pat is an enthusiastic live aboard on the motor vessel, “Genesis”, as well as the captain and chief maintenance engineer.