Pastor Pat McKenzie hails from Joliet, Illinois. He is a graduate of Joliet West High School, Concordia College-Milwaukee, and Concordia Seminary-St. Louis. He did his post-graduate work at Bethany Seminary in Dothan, Alabama where he focused on Christian Education.
He has served congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. He was the Chaplain of the Fire Department in New York.
He serves as the board secretary for Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida. Pastor Pat will be the Circuit Visitor for the First Coast Circuit of the Florida-Georgia District beginning June of 2022.
He participates in our tutoring program for our neighborhood children through Garden of Hope. His training in counseling and conflict resolution came through the Leadership Institute of America.
His favorite Bible passage is Philippians 4: 4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."