organization & Leadership

Following a long career in business,  John was ordained to the Christian ministry in 2008 as a Priest with the Anglican Orthodox Church. In 2016, he transferred his credentials and is now recognized as a Ordained Minister in the Conservative Congregational Conference of Churches. He has preached in various churches while building the St. James Fellowship ministry and has been a pro-life activist for over a decade.

His passion is to serve those with physical and mental disabilities by sharing the message of the gospel and showing the love of Christ. In John’s words, “Our Christian faith must be learned, we must love God and others, and we must live out the faith. The Gospel is about sin and redemption. The fruit of the gospel in our lives is charity towards others and walking in the truth of its message. Our Redeemer has given us much. I hope to walk in humility and Christ-likeness in return.”

The St. James Fellowship is a charitable, non-profit organization, which operates exclusively on gifts, grants and offerings. There is never a charge for the services it provides.  

Currently, SJF maintains a single, full-time paid staff position - that of its director, Reverend John Patterson.  In addition, a part-time, volunteer field assistant supports John in all phases of ministry along with a small corps of dedicated volunteers. The ministry also supports a part-time office manager.

SJF maintains close relationships with seven area churches, who support the ministry with their gifts, their prayers and regular and occasional volunteers.

John Patterson has a varied background in Christian ministry. He has been a men’s lay leader, Sunday School teacher, and evangelist in three churches in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh since the late 1970s. During that time he also ministered to those with physical disabilities.


From 1988 to 1993, he broadcast the radio program Life and Liberty in Law on WPIT radio.  At Hebron Presbyterian Church he has been an advocate for persecuted Christians; and was a board member of 318  Partners - a Christian ministry dedicated to helping North Korean refugees.

Our Board of Directors

Reverend John W. Patterson
President  & Ministry Director

Ms. Janie Mason
Children's Librarian 
Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

Mr. Matthew M. Polka
‎President and CEO
American Cable Association

Mrs. Eileen DesLauriers
Retired Counselor & Teacher
Gateway & Franklin Regional
School Districts

Mr. Nick Paradise
Director of Public Relations
Kennywood Park/
​Kennywood Entertainment

John Patterson, Director

St. James fellowship

St. James Fellowship     1467 Madden Drive     Monroeville, PA  15146