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Drew Patton

drew patton

I’m the pastor of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, NY where our mission is to aid one another in the work of becoming more fully human by integrating spirituality and the arts as resources for movement-building and collective liberation. Before joining the team at South in 2016 I served congregations in Columbia County and NYC. I have worked previously for Bridges to Community (Nicaragua), The Center for Human Options, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Interfaith Worker Justice, and The Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice. I have served on the National Board of Directors at More Light Presbyterians, The Committee on Representation at the Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast, the board of directors at Columbia Reentry, and the Community Advisory Board at Children’s Village. I was a founding member of Showing Up for Racial Justice chapters in both Hudson, NY and Westchester County. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, I hold degrees from Hunter College and Union Theological Seminary in NYC.

I had preached many sermons on stories from scripture about the drama and mystery surrounding fertility, pregnancy, birth and child-rearing before I had much personal experience in the matter. Now that I have 2 children of my own I understand in a new way the enduring power and import of those stories. In my journey as a parent, I am fortunate to have been companioned by many wise and supportive souls. I am increasingly convinced that the notion that one or two people ought to be solely responsible for the birthing and raising of a child is simply an absurd proposition. We were made for community. That, I believe, is our sacred calling and our birthright – and I’m passionate about helping children and families to find the community they need and deserve.

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