David Van Patten
Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Dave Van Patten is responsible for developing the global strategy and overseeing all aspects of Prison Fellowship International’s operations. Dave brings over 40 years of leadership experience in government, business, and nonprofit sectors where he specialized in social entrepreneurship.
Dave began his career as an officer in the United States Coast Guard where he was decorated for his leadership in both search and rescue and law enforcement. Following military service, Dave pioneered an award-winning nonprofit before accepting an invitation from Chuck Colson to serve as the National Director of Prison Fellowship Ministries. In 1990, Dave founded a consulting firm that partnered with venture philanthropists, nonprofits, and government agencies in starting dozens of large scale social ventures. Over the years, the company received multiple awards, including the White House Contractor of the Year Award for its role in launching the President’s Faith Based Initiative. In 2013, Dave sold the company and joined Prison Fellowship International the following year.
Dave graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. He also holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an OPM degree from Harvard Business School. He has completed several professional certificate programs and received dozens of awards for leadership and innovation.