Faith at Friendship Village
Your Daily Connection to Encouraging Words
Since our founding in 1975, faith in Christ has been the chief motivating factor for all we do. To better meet the needs of our residents, Friendship Village provides for the services of a robust chaplain team that presents regular worship services, Bibles studies, prayer gatherings, as well as hospital visits, grief support, spiritual conversations, and coordination with numerous area churches and ministries. Friendship Village values the faith tradition of each resident and works to center all ministry endeavors in the core values of Christian living.
Meet the Friendship Village Faith Team
Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Jim graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology. After spending three years as a captain in the U.S. Army, he graduated from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with a Master of Divinity degree to prepare for the ministry to which God called him.
Jim pastored the Cross Keys Baptist Church in Florissant, Missouri, for 20 years and served on the board of directors of Friendship Village for 18 years. He has been the Chaplain at Friendship Village Sunset Hills since October 2007, where he is affectionately known as "the village preacher.”
Jim is married to his lovely wife, Sandy. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in the St. Louis area.
Patricia Lee joined the Chaplain’s Department in the summer of 2007 after serving 6 months as a seminary intern from Covenant Theological Seminary. Prior to receiving the Master of Divinity degree she had also earned a master’s degree in counseling in 2004, and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. In addition to providing personal pastoral care and counseling, her ministry includes worship planning, Bible teaching, music ministry with the Chapel Choir, caregivers and bereavement support, as well as assisting Chaplain Savage in certain administrative logistics. Together they recruit and mentor seminary interns and invest in developing the Chaplain’s team.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Patricia came to the United States as a teenager when her father, an Anglican priest, was called by the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to pastor a Chinese congregation in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry in U. C. Berkeley and continued on to complete a PhD degree in immunology. After getting married to Po Sun Lee in 1978 and settling in Jacksonville Florida she worked as a certified medical technologist and taught for a season in the community college, then devoted 14 years to raise their four children, three daughters and a son. The family relocated to St. Louis in 1988.
Patricia’s training and life experiences have prepared her to serve this community. She takes great joy in fulfilling God’s calling with her gifts.
Born in Taiwan, raised in the Dominican Republic, and having lived both on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Sam has a deep appreciation for cultural diversity. Sam also has a diverse professional background as he started his training in mathematics. After spending 16 years in Information Technology, Sam obtained a degree in marriage and family therapy and worked as a family counselor for underprivileged children in Washington, DC. In 2012, Sam answered His calling to vocational ministry by attending Covenant Theological Seminary from where he holds his Master’s in Divinity. Sam joined our Chaplain Department in 2016 because of his passion for senior citizens. Prior to coming to Friendship Village, Sam volunteered with the Light of Christ Chinese Senior Activities Center (Olivette) for many years, where he still serves as their singing instructor. At the Village, Sam is often known affectionately as “Sam San the Hand-flute Man” because he loves to share his musical gifts with those who enjoy singing. Sam is married to his amazing wife and ministry partner, Stephanie, and as of now (2020), they have been blessed with a 9-year old son and a 1-year old daughter.
With twenty years of Congregational Care experience, Mary joined Friendship Village in 2019. She is a licensed minister through Open Bible Churches and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri. For Mary, loving God & loving people is what it’s all about. She is passionate about promoting unity in the body of Christ. She is married and has two grown children. She enjoys writing, dreaming, singing and playing guitar, and watching Hallmark movies. She is a graduate of Greenville University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and a graduate of Saint Louis University (SLU) with a M.A. in Counseling. She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with Residency at Lutheran Senior Services.
With over 30 years of previous pastoral care experience, Burt joined Friendship Village in 2017. He is an ordained minister through Open Bible Churches, where he has served as a District Director while pastoring his own congregation. Before moving to the St. Louis area, Burt worked with numerous denominations and churches as president of his local association of churches.
For Burt, the best part of about ministry is helping people find vibrancy and meaning in their relationship with Christ.
He is married and a proud parent to three grown children. He loves spending time connecting with people and hearing their stories and has a passion for reading, playing the guitar, studying history, and taking part in miniature war-gaming.
Burt completed his undergraduate studies at Oral Roberts University and pursued his graduate work through Regent University. He currently serves on the national board of Open Bible Churches and is a contributing author to We Believe: Core Truths for Christian Living, Open Bible’s official church resource for teaching core foundations of the faith.