Dr. Patricia Batten - Gordon Conwell
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Dr. Patricia Batten

Assistant Professor of Preaching, Associate Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
Expertise: Homiletics/Disability & Homiletics, Teaching & Preaching, Storytelling & Creative Writing, Creative Preaching

After receiving her MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, Pat pastored a small church in Kennebunkport, Maine.  That’s where she honed her preaching skills…week after week, speaking to the needs of the congregation, from the Bible.

After earning her DMin in preaching, she pursued her passion for teaching.  As a Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching at GCTS, she finds great pleasure in teaching soon-to-be pastors how to preach expository sermons.  But she still has an active preaching ministry.  Pat’s delighted to be involved in academia and in ministry.  She’s convinced that her preaching makes her teaching more effective and her teaching makes her a better preacher.

Pat is known for telling a good story.  She retells old favorites.  She writes new ones.  She’ll even tell the biblical story from the perspective of a biblical character.  She immersed herself in story when she and her husband, Rich, lived in Scotland.  Today, they live on the North Shore of Boston with their three sons, Jack, Sam, and Tim and their beautiful daughter, Audrey Grace.

Since the birth of Audrey, who has Down Syndrome, Pat is passionate about encouraging preachers to think about people with disabilities as they prepare their sermons.


  • BA (Franklin Pierce College)
  • MDiv (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • ThM (University of Edinburgh)
  • DMin (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

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