Patrick September was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, under apartheid regime. Patrick was radically converted to the Christian faith in 1978. He enrolled in an interdenominational Bible college for the working class who could not afford fees to attend a “Coloured” university. After nine years and 144 subjects, he remained at the same college for an additional three years as a lecturer.
In 1995, he purchased a 3,000-seat marquee tent and ministered throughout South Africa. In 2000, he joined the Andrew Murray Center Prison Ministry, working with both youth and adult inmates. In 2002, the Andrew Murray Center Director asked Patrick to accompany an interdenominational group on a mission trip to northern Mozambique. Crossing the border out of South Africa, Patrick felt his call into foreign missions. On that trip, he met Mary Travis and a year later, they married in Cape Town. They spent two and a half years in London where they lived and worked in a drug and alcohol recovery center. In 2006, they left the UK for Malawi to begin their missions work. Their son Solomon, was born in Malawi in November, 2006. Mary and Solomon returned to the U.S. in October 2011, while Patrick stayed in Malawi to continue mission work. After nearly four years of separation and a U.S. immigration nightmare, Patrick reunited with his family in August, 2015. Patrick, with his wife Mary and their son Solomon, is now fulfilling his foreign missions call right here in Seattle at Plymouth Church UCC.