Pastor Pat Fitzgerald Bio

J. Patrick Fitzgerald married Ann Sullivan, his high school sweetheart, in 1971 in Colorado, where they began their family. He worked as an electronics technician for Western Electric for ten years before hearing and heeding God’s renewed call to ministry. He graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute, Seattle, Washington, in 1984, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, and graduated from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1988 with a Master’s in Divinity.

Called to Berea Lutheran Church in Hilmar, California, Pastor Pat served from 1988 to 1995, He received and accepted the call to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, San Jose, California in June of 1995 and has served there for 20 years. He has completed the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership certificate, and the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Certificate, among other continuing education opportunities. He has a strong desire to encourage and see the growth of his people in their Christian walk and discipleship.

Married for 44 years, Pat and Ann have three married children, and 7 grandchildren. He and Ann enjoy hiking our national parks, reading, spending time with family and friends, and sharing their faith journey.