About Jeff Patton

"My passion is to empower believers to live for Jesus Christ."


Jeff has over 40 years experience as a pastor and transformational leader. He has led the transformation of four congregations which he pastored and consulted and coached hundreds of other congregations of all denominations.

In addition, Jeff's background includes the following:

  • Associate of Easum Bandy & Associates, a nationally renowned Church Consulting Firm
  • Director of Christian Counseling Clinic, Inc, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Church Growth Consultant for 15 years
  • Published Author
  • Seminar Leader
  • Contemporary Praise Band Director and Worship Leader

On a more technical, hands-on level, Jeff Patton has completed the following:

  • Certified to conduct The Complete Ministry Audit by Bill Easum.
  • Designed a weekend seminar entitled Preparing God's People. The purpose of the seminar is to equip all believers for effective ministry in the 21st century.
  • Published articles in: Contemporary Worship: A Sourcebook ("Contemporary Worship in a Rural Setting") and Net Results ("Multiple Services, Multiple Opportunities", "Top Ten Things To Do Before You Leave")
  • In 2002 Abingdon Press published his book, If It Could Happen Here... describing the transformation of the East Canton Congregation.
  • In September 2005, Jeff's book on worship, God at The Crossroads, was published by Abingdon Press.
  • Jeff's book, Surviving Local Church Wars: Handling Conflict in Transitioning Congregations, will be released in 2010.


Jeff attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors in 1976. He received his Master of Divinity (M. Div.) in 1980 from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1981. In 1983 he received a Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (Th. M.) from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. In 1986 he completed the residency portion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph. D.) in Personality and Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.


Jeff is unique, able to connect with people on an emotional and spiritual level. He has been a Worship Leader and director of a praise & worship band that held weekly services packed with young adults and families. Jeff also helped found and develop a thriving counseling center, the Christian Counseling Clinic, Inc. He helps individuals and families each year heal, grow and experience the fullness of Christian life.

Currently Jeff is devoting most of his time to Open Storehouse, LLC, a 501 (3) C non-profit Foundation that is working around the world to bring light to those in darkness and safety to those in storms. Open Storehouse is working in very dark and dangerous places around the world. Email me if you would like more information.

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