James Patterson

President of the Partnership of African American Churches

Rev. James L. Patterson is an ordained elder and the senior pastor of the Institute Church of the Nazarene Institute in West Virginia. He has served in that capacity for the past 23 years.

Patterson is also a founder and current president of the Partnership of African American Churches (PAAC), a West Virginia nonprofit that works with its 21 congregational communities to empower communities of color. The PAAC focuses on minority well-being concerns and directs initiatives to encourage healthier lifestyles in the African-American community. PAAC engages in both policy and programmatic implementation around the issues of broadband, health, education and substance misuse and recovery.

Patterson holds an M.A. in sociology from Marshall University and a master’s in community change and conservation from the Future Generations School of Graduate Studies.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good