J. Patrick Wright serves as the Leadership & Development Director. He attended West Virginia State College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He first entered ministry in 1980 as a Youth Pastor Massachusetts, where he served for five years and then served as a Senior Pastor for four years. In 1989, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, as State Youth and Christian Education Director. He has served the Church of God in this position in four other states: Indiana, Pennsylvania, California/Nevada, and Virginia. He is active in youth ministry speaking in various settings such as local churches, retreats, seminars, youth camps and Camp Meetings. Pat has always been passionate about sports, and the lessons they teach about life, specifically being a Christian. He continues to thrive on being the husband of his high school sweetheart and the father of Zach and Josh, and Pops to Penny.