Meet our Pastor
Pastor Patrick Penn was born and raised in Cullman County, Alabama. He graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994 earning a B.S. in Psychology.
He was ordained with World Ministry Fellowship based out of Plano, TX in 1998 and with Encounters Network based out of Franklin, TN in 2005. Since 2004 Patrick and his wife Andrea, have served as founding and senior pastors of The Dwelling Place in Huntsville, Alabama. He co-founded Christian Advocates for Israel (a coalition of pro-Israel leaders in North Alabama) in 2008 and is the director of the annual Huntsville City Wide Feast of Tabernacles celebration. He currently serves on the Citywide Feasts Celebration and Awareness Ministry boards within the Huntsville community and on the U.S. advisory board of the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem).
Pastor Penn works closely with the Jewish community and has hosted multiple gatherings to promote relationship and cooperation between the local Christian and Jewish communities. On a broader level, his multiple trips to Israel have proven to be of historical significance in Christian/Jewish relations internationally. In 2007 he was part of the first Christian delegation sent to Israel by the AIEF (American Israel Education Foundation.) In 2009 he attended the first pastor’s conference hosted by the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) and in 2010 he was selected by Christian Friends of Yad Vashem to participate in the first ever Christian leaders seminar at the International School for Holocaust Studies.
Pastor Penn also travels to Washington D.C. each year to speak to Senate and Congressional leaders about the importance of the U.S. relationship with Israel and was a featured panel speaker to Jewish clergy at the 2011 annual AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) policy conference held in Washington D.C.
Along with his local ministry responsibilities Pastor Penn loves to travel and has led numerous mission trips to Mexico, helping launch a network association of churches across the country. He and his wife, Andrea have been happily married since 1995 and reside in Huntsville, Alabama with their 3 boys Seth, Samuel and Charly.