Synopsis of Patti's story:It began with Deep, a weekly exploration of self and soul that is dubbed "church" by those who attend. It includes art, music, discussion on themes and meditation. As we listened to each other, we soon came to realize that there is a need for mental wellness resources in the community, so we obtained a grant from Edge and hosted workshops with healing themes. The Spirit has embraced us and inspired us to do even more. The entire pastoral charge developed a community mental wellness program that includes subsidized professional counselling, peer support, children's programs and partnerships with community mental health agencies in the area. Today, Sunday morning worship is a small component of our mind-body-spirit approach to faith
For 25 years Patti worked as a law clerk, primarily in family law and mediation. At the same time she was studying theology and active in the life and work of her home church. She served as a Licensed Lay Worship Leader in Simcoe Presbytery. In 2003 she took a short term contract in the Office of the Moderator and General Secretary as administration support to Cynthia Gunn and Kathy McDonald and moved from there to Support to Local Ministries and Aboriginal Ministries until commuting to Toronto got to her. In 2009 she started working for Toronto Conference as administrative support to Living Waters Presbyrery and entered the discerment process. She was not surprised that her call was to designated lay ministry and entered the program in 2012. She has served Tottenham Rich Hill pastoral charge ever since. She currently serves on the Governance Commission of Northern Waters Presbytery and as treasurer for the South Simcoe Refugee Committee. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren that she loves to distraction!