Born and raised in Newmarket, Ontario, Patrick trained as an academic historian (PhD, Cambridge University), and has taught history and political science (as well as German) at Appleby College in Oakville since 2001.  At Appleby he also assists with duties as a choir director and an organist in the John Bell Chapel and serves as Director of Moral and Ethical Education.  Patrick is the author of numerous academic articles on aspects of early modern British religious and administrative history as well as several widely used secondary school texts covering American History, Canadian and international politics and law.

From 1999 to 2010, and again since 2014, Patrick has served as organist and choir director of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Glanford.  His previous musical leadership experience includes four years as choirmaster of St Mark’s parish church, Cambridge (UK), as summer organist at St Alban’s Cathedral, Kenora (Ontario) and also as organ scholar at Huron College at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario).   Following several terms as a Regional Director for Southern Ontario, in 2012 Patrick was elected as National Secretary of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) and as chair of its finance and administration committee – both posts he continues to hold.  He remains actively involved in the work of the RCCO locally and across Canada.  Patrick holds the Colleague diploma of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (CRCCO) and the Associate diploma (A.Mus.) of the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (London, Ontario).   In recognition of his work both at Appleby and as a parish musician over many years, in 2015 Patrick was a Bishop’s appointee to the Order of Niagara.

Patrick currently resides in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife Susan, their son Thomas and cat Timothy.