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Meet Patrice

Storyteller

When my sixth grade English teacher, Mrs. Edna Carmichael, took the time to nurture my writing, she put me on a pathway as a storyteller for life’s sake. God has multiplied her investment over and over again in my life, profession, and ministry. Storytelling, in its multiple forms, has shaped me into the woman of God that I am today. I believe that through storytelling, we can heal, grow, and flourish in Christ. I aim to produce real, relatable, and soulful storytelling that inspires humans to live in freedom as God’s image bearers. I am available for storytelling residences.

Speaker

For twenty+ years, I have been proclaiming the Gospel through the arts. For me, speaking is an extension of storytelling. I still remember the first time God asked me to read one of my poems instead of asking someone to perform it. It was the beginning of a love affair with audiences as we partner with each other to respond to the healing and transformative work of the Good News of Christ Jesus. I offer one-of-a-kind, biblically-sound work to include sermons, creative renditions of biblical characters, keynotes, lectures, and original theatrical performances.

Spiritual Director

Have you ever had someone to listen to you, really listen to you? Has anyone ever listened to you, not to respond but because what you have to say matters? This type of listening is called holy listening. It is the work of a spiritual director. As a spiritual director, I focus on helping people cultivate an inner life in Christ using spiritual exercises, retreats, and holy listening. I work mainly with groups and in a limited capacity with individuals. If you desire a prayerful and patient ear, give spiritual direction a try.

Bio

I believe that writing is both a mirror and medicine for the human soul. I share words and works to help people heal, grow, and flourish as God’s image-bearer.

A contemplative at heart, I am also a storyteller and spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. My work intersects where God’s story meets our story. My mission is to use all that God has given me to help others discover and experience God’s love, grace, and mercy through Christ Jesus. My vision is to inspire humans to live as bold, balanced, beautiful creations of God. My folks are humans who may be broken but not bitter, who may be bitter but want to be better, who may be hurting but not hopeless, who may be hopeless but want to be hopeful—anyone who wants to meet God at the well. In all that I do, I remain passionately Christian and compassionately interfaith.

I was born and raised in the church and gave my life to Christ at eight years old. I am ordained in the Baptist tradition. I hold a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. I also have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University. I received my certificate in spiritual direction from the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.