South Church is extremely pleased to announce that the Reverend Drew Paton will be serving as full-time minister starting in August, 2016.
Drew is a graduate of Hunter College (BA Theatre) and has an Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary.
Drew’s past ministries include:
- Collaborating with representatives of disenfranchised communities to develop adequate and sustainable living conditions to mitigate the effects of poverty
- Designing and implementing programming to promote the development of youth towards the achievement of identity, competence, responsibility and wellness
- Collaborating with cafeteria workers on a successful campaign to secure their rights to just wages, fair treatment and safe, hygienic working conditions.
- Initiating and developing relationships with more than 200 Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh organizations, institutions and leaders
When asked about his inspirations, Drew says
I have been tremendously inspired by the tireless, unflinching and uncompromising affirmation of life that lies at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement, and by the young people who are leading the charge. Also, my partner – who somehow manages to care for people individually, even while working to change the world.
We’re all excited to have Drew and his family joining us as we start a whole new chapter.