About Patrick Vaughn, The Unlikely Preacher

Patrick Vaughn, The Unlikely PreacherI have been a Presbyterian pastor for more than twenty-five years. From South Carolina to Pennsylvania I have served both small and large congregations.

Along the way I received training as a pastoral counselor and have developed a passion for those who have ever felt lost, broken or rejected. Through video blogging, writing and telling stories, I offer a refreshing word of hope: In Jesus all people belong to God! This simple message is often overlooked in a world marked by the polarizing voices of fear and hate. But as we embrace anew the unlikely grace of God we might just discover God through unlikely people and in unlikely places.

My formal education includes:

  • B.S., Lander University, 1984
  • M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1987
  • D. Min., Columbia Theological Seminary, 2002

For many years I have shared my reflections about life and faith with others through writing. My articles have appeared in the Journal of Pastoral Psychology, the Journal of Pastoral Care, Quarterly Review, Net Results, and the Parish Paper. The News Journal in Delaware and the Index Journal in South Carolina have often featured my articles and I have contributed to the New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies and The Study of Evangelism.  I recently released my first book, “Unlikely Glimpses of Grace” and have already begun working on my second, “Meeting Jesus at Starbucks:  huffpo logoAn Unlikely Encounter!” I am a regular contributor at Huffington Post.

I grew up in Ninety Six, South Carolina and love boiled peanuts and college football. I met my wife, Deb, when we were students at Princeton Theological Seminary, and according to her I have a rather quirky sense of humor. Our son, Nathan, tends to agree!