Jim planted St. Patrick as a daughter church out of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis in 1998. Before returning to the Memphis area (he is a native of Frayser in Northeast Memphis), he planted Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, MS, where he served as senior pastor for eleven years. He and his “better half” Teri, are the parents of six children, the proud grandparents of five grandchildren, and foster parents of a beautiful toddler. Jim is an avid gardner, hunter, reader, griller, smoker, and curer of meat and a fan of his alma mater’s teams, the University of Memphis.
My family has deep Shelby County roots, going back a couple hundred years. My wife and I are high school sweethearts and we have three very enthusiastic children. Over the past couple of decades we’ve spent our life loving and serving with Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, ex-Church of Christ folks and everything in-between, and while that ecumenical background has enriched our experience, we’re excited to finally land back into the Presbyterian world where we find our own convictional identity. I have a deep passion to see the messiness of everyday home life become the primary place of Christ’s incarnation to the world. I’m an amateur musician and I love the humanities – western civilization, literature, and the fine arts. I also love pop culture – movies, memes, dad jokes. Really, I love a good redemption story, and I think we’re all living in the best of them.
Assistant Pastor for Worship
Will Weir grew up just a bit west of the Collierville line, graduating from Houston High School. After studying English and leading worship for RUF at Samford University in Birmingham, he moved to Washington, DC, where he met his wife, Bekah, who is a nurse. He taught 8th grade and led worship in DC for a couple of years before starting seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary, then transferred back to Birmingham to complete his Masters of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Though his church background weaves through the Baptist, PCA, and Anglican denominations, he’s excited to really find a home in the EPC. Will loves playing a good tune, reading a good book, going on a good trip and having a good conversation. Will and Bekah have a two-year-old son Samuel, who loves books and raisins, and they also welcomed a daughter, Audrey Ann this November.
Amy originally served as the Children’s Ministry Director starting in 2000. Before coming on board at St. Patrick, Amy was a school teacher in the Collierville school system. Amy is married to fellow University of Memphis alum, Troy, and is the mother of three beautiful girls. In her spare time (which she doesn’t have much of!), she enjoys traveling and finding new favorite artists on iTunes.
Operations Coordinator and Youth Leader
Jay Brownlow first came to St. Patrick in 2005 when he was in ninth grade at Westminster Academy. In 2009, he joined Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas where he received his BBA in Accounting. Jay joined the St. Patrick staff as a Youth Intern at the end of 2013 but has since taken on some of the office work too. When he is not working, he enjoys a little bit of travel, maybe a little down time reading a good book and, of course, studying the vast world of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
WENDY VANDE LINDE
Wendy is the newest member of the St. Patrick Staff, joining the team full-time in January 2016. Wendy and her husband, Gary, both University of Georgia alums, moved to Collierville in 2011 with their three children. Ever loyal Bulldog fans, they nevertheless manage to belt out a few rounds of “Rocky Top” during football season, now that their oldest is a student at UT. An animal lover, Wendy enjoys walking/running with the family dog, Theo; she has life-long dream of living at the beach some day.