The Rev. Keith Patterson comes to Two Saints from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Concord, NH where he served as Curate for two years then priest-in-charge during the rector’s sabbatical. While at St. Paul’s he was the director of pastoral care which included oversight of lay visitors, Eucharistic visitors, prayer list, flower ministry, and the comfort food calendar.
Keith came to intimately know the cares and concerns of the greater Concord area through the people who came to the Food Pantry, the Chapter II thrift store, Assistance with Dignity that helps with prescription costs and the Greater Concord Interfaith Council’s Emergency Assistance Network. Keith also spoke against a proposed NH state legislative measure that would have detrimentally affected low income renters in New Hampshire. Keith has a strong affinity for advancing God’s justice, compassion, and reconciliation through social justice. He has participated in community interfaith services for the Charleston shootings World AIDS Day. He was most recently part of an interview of African American Granite Staters on the current racial climate and policing.
He provided pastoral visitation to parish elders in many of the local retirement communities, most notably Havenwood Heritage Heights. Keith celebrated the Eucharist in their chapel for Episcopal residents on a rotating basis. He also was invited numerous times to lead and preach at the Havenwood’s weekly Community Worship services.
Keith is a 2008 graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts with a concentration in pastoral theology. He began the process of ordination the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont in the fall of 2008. Keith was ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 31, 2013, at his home parish of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bennington, VT. On January 18, 2014, Keith was ordained to the priesthood at St. James’ Episcopal Church Arlington, VT here he served as a non-stipendiary associate priest.
Keith received his training as a chaplain at Albany Medical Center. After completion of two thousand hours work experience, he became fully board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains this year. Recently Keith and his husband Larry, who have been together fourteen years were married this past September. Larry has a BSW from SUNY Albany and teaches community wellness programs, assistant to the activities director of an active retirement community, and is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor. They reside with three highly interactive cats Fred, Trixie, and Harry. Both Larry and Keith are eager to enjoy many of the cultural attractions Rochester has to offer.
Sandy is currently serving as pastoral assistant at Church of the Ascension, Lake Avenue. She is also co-mentor of our Education for Ministry group.
The Rev. Philip Schaefer, Pastoral Associate
In 1963 Bishop Thomas of Pittsburgh facilitated my call to All Saints, Aliquippa PA an Ohio Valley steel mill town. I was also in charge of St. Luke’s, Georgetown PA.The next move brought our family to the Diocese of Rochester and Zion, Avon, and I also received a Master of Divinity from Bexley Hall.
The next move took us to Penfield where I became the Rector of Incarnation. A highlight event there was the ordination of the Rev. Marilyle Sweet Page to the priesthood, the first woman ordained in the diocese. After a record 13 years at Incarnation, I moved on to Genesee Region Home Care and Episcopal Church Home as health care Chaplain. For a few years St. Matthias East Rochester was our parish home. Now our parish of worship and fellowship is Two Saints, in many ways, the parish of our dreams.