Getting to Know Your Elders: Pat Pickren

Thank you Pat Pickren for opening up your soul. Here are a few things you may not have known about Pat.

1.) When/how did you start coming to St. Paul’s? What do you enjoy most about it?

We started May 2014 – Memorial Day – just  over three years ago. For years Phil and Lauren Ellen told us about the community at St. Paul’s and opportunities to love, serve and do life together. We finally took them up on their offer to come and be a part! I enjoy most the ethos of St. Paul’s especially the sense that you can come as you are (you don’t have to try and impress others) and be a part of a group that wants to become more like Christ. It’s a value that Tolivar and Hung have called “unedited community”. 

2.) What is one scripture that is currently resonating with you in your life?

Jesus’ words during the Sermon on the Mount: “everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt 7). Also in this parable is the foolish man who hears but does not do them. Jesus invites us to either hear and do or hear and not do. There is no in between. I want to build my life on Christ – the rock – and not on the shifting sand of culture, others, or myself. It also helps the my children love to listen to Rain for Roots album which has a song based on this parable which means it plays in our car and my head often.

3.) What is the best live musical show/concert you’ve ever attended?

I’m dating myself but the best live concert was Lollapalooza ’92: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. It was a 90’s quasi-alternative music mecca. 

4.) Fill in the following statement: “One piece of advice I’d like to give to 25-year-old Pat Pickren would be…..” 

Dream big, trust in the Lord, love others well with the freedom that comes from self-forgetfulness (not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less – via Tim Keller). 

5.) If you were on a deserted island and could only bring one movie from the ’80s what would it be?

 Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Classic!

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