Rev. Sean Patrick Coady
Pastoral Resident, 3rd Year
We first met Sean Patrick through a video that he recorded while he was studying in Germany in 2018. His enthusiasm beamed through the television monitor as the congregation felt the warmth of his positive outlook as a future pastoral resident. We did not know it then, but Sean Patrick, who identifies as a homebody but has lived across the country and across the ocean, has a way of using his creativity to lean in to whatever God has put in front of him.
When worship, coffee hour, and all ministry meetings went online, Sean Patrick embraced the possibilities and helped us become more comfortable with worship at a distance. Each week, as video production values improved, Sean Patrick was experimenting with incorporating more music, more participation, more images, and more design. In a sermon, he encouraged us to heed Jeremiah’s words to embrace our Covidland exile and find a way to flourish.
Sean Patrick, a native of Hanover, Massachusetts, graduated with a business degree from Villanova University and a masters in divinity from Yale University. Sean Patrick’s West Coast experience includes working to help resettle refugees in Phoenix, advocating for LGBTQ rights, combating the mass incarceration epidemic, and organizing action around climate change in Los Angeles. Sean Patrick believes his many diverse skills, interests and experiences have been part of the “long game” of God equipping him for ministry.
Sean Patrick and his husband, Steven Belnavis, enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, cooking, gardening, and eating.