Rev. Patrick Anthony Barrett, II, serves the Department of Christian Education as the Special Assistant for Program Development, responsible for planning and implementing the programs for the Winter Meeting and Quadrennial Convention. He also supports the auxiliary departments with the development of transformative and meaningful programming. He serves on the ministerial staff at the Judah Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, where Rev. Scot C. Moore is the pastor. Patrick is a 2004 graduate from the DeMatha Catholic High School and a 2008 graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Music. On Monday, May 12, 2014, he received his Master of Divinity degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary.
Rev. Barrett began this ministry journey on September 29, 2002, at the North Brentwood A.M.E. Zion Church, when he preached his trial sermon, “Something good can come out of Nazareth”. Additionally, while at North Brentwood, he served as President of the Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference Varick Christian Youth Council (VCYC) of the AME Zion Church from 2004-2008. This office allowed him to create programs and ministry initiatives that would serve the young people of the 75+ churches of the Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church. It is through this experience that he began to discover his calling into youth ministry.
After completing his service as the Conference VCYC president, he was appointed by Bishop Warren Brown, then Presiding Prelate of the Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District, as the first Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference Youth Minister in December 2008 with oversight over the newly developed youth department in the conference. His experiences have allowed him the privilege to travel across the country, including churches in London, England, and the denomination as a whole to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and to advance the work of youth ministry in the life of the church.
Patrick is passionate about music, education, worship and liturgy, traveling, nature, and good talks with great friends.