As Lead Minister, Pat is charged to be a primary voice of leadership for the Highland Oaks Church. By working in close relationship with the shepherd group and ministry staff, Pat’s hope is to become a pastor-teacher who embodies a bold vision for God’s dream at the Highland Oaks Church.
Pat is most passionate about inviting people to live into the story imagined in scripture. Through authentic and transparent communication, Pat’s longing is for the church is to be captured by the story of Jesus and ultimately challenged to live into the missio dei. Above all, he hopes to lead others in discovering what it means to love justice, be merciful, and walk in humility. Though Pat’s passion is in his communication, his message is never separated from his love of people. He believes wholeheartedly, “The best preaching is incarnational preaching.”
Pat is deeply devoted to his family. Coming from a rich heritage of family faith in rural Tennessee, Pat arrived in Dallas in 2009. Pat’s family consists of his wife Deborah and four beautiful boys, Joshua, Caleb, Daniel, and Andrew.
Pat holds degrees in ministry from Harding University and Lipscomb University and is currently pursuing a D.Min. program through the Hazelip School of Theology at David Lipsomb University.
Pat enjoys watching movies, collecting root beer bottles, wrestling with his sons, and going out with his wife. In addition, his spiritual gifts include eating his wife’s homemade pies and drinking Sun-Drop.