Pastor Michael McFadden
Pastor Michael McFadden was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, the son of an Army officer and a schoolteacher. His father was stationed all over the United States and abroad, and Michael lived in many different places. His father’s last station was Ft. Ord, California. Michael attended high school locally, and earned his B.A. in Education in 1990 from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. He returned to the Monterey Peninsula after college and has resided here since. Michael has worked primarily in education, retail, and government; he is bilingual in Spanish/English, and currently works in Veterans’ Services. He enjoys reading, gardening, swimming, conversation, and good company.
Pastor McFadden was raised in church and received Jesus as his personal Savior at the age of 19. Introduced to the charismatic movement while at university, he received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at the age of 20. Michael started in lay ministry in his 30’s, serving in music ministry, intercessory prayer, youth ministry, and men’s ministry, ultimately receiving his call to Word ministry. Ordained in the year 2000, he has served as a Teacher and Preacher, a Pastoral Assistant, and now as a Pastor. He has a special place in his heart for Seniors, and for his mothers and sisters in Christ, whom he calls his “womenfolk”. He has ministered extensively to the sick and shut-in, in the prisons, and to the homeless.
Michael met his wife Patricia in church, and they were married in 2005. He has said, “There has to be a God, because I could have never got her without His help! She is a pastor’s dream wife”. They have seven nieces and nephews and four godchildren between them, as well as a circle of family by blood and by marriage, mutual friends, and the spiritual family of the Church.
Pastor Michael’s passion in ministry is the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, with an emphasis on life-application. He has a burden for intercessory prayer, and for people to walk in wholeness – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. He believes that positive relationships are essential: first our relationships with God, and then our relationships with each other. He has said, “Nothing else has ever filled me up inside, except for God and the people He has put in my life”. His personal heroes are Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa. Pastor McFadden believes that the Church is called to be the heart, the hands, and the voice of Jesus in this world, that we must represent Him with our lives, our words, and our deeds, if we want our witness to be received.
Lady Patricia Draper McFadden
Lady Patricia Draper McFadden was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was raised in a Christian home, where her father was a pastor. She is the middle child of three, an older sister and younger brother. She was very active in her father’s church in Chattanooga, TN, most of her youth and young adult life (25 years) until moving to California.
She has served in several leadership roles throughout her Christian life. She has lived in the Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula for over 28 years. Lady Patricia and Pastor Michael McFadden married in 2005. They are godparents of two very precious boys.
She earned her B.S. in Speech Pathology, emphasis on Special Education from Alabama A. & M. University, her M. A. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee At Knoxville, and her PhD in Public Service Leadership specializing in Multidisciplinary Human Services from Capella University.
Professionally, she has over 20 years of experience as an Executive Director of various nonprofits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey County. She has served as Editor of California Alliance of Information & Referral Services Newsletter, Co-Chair of Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority’s Disability/Seniors Committee for Transit, Chair of the Monterey County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Member of Community Action Partnership Collaborative of Monterey-Peninsula, YWCA Pacific Region Board of Directors, and San Jose Homeless Advocacy Alliance. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Ladies First as Board Secretary.
She has been employed with the County of Monterey since 2008 as a Management Analyst in various levels of responsibility that include facilities management, finance, budgeting, and contracts.
Her passion is motivating others to reach their full potential, first in what God has for them and professionally by overcoming obstacles with grace and perseverance. She believes and knows that she “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” her! She is concerned about others progressing in God and providing them with nuggets that have been successful in her walk with Christ. And she is a strong advocate for giving back to the community and for lending a helping hand when needed.