Fast becoming one of the most profound and insightful voices of his generation, Patrick D’Anzel Shaffer, is a public intellectual and sacred activist fusing together his profound cultural sensitivity and passion for progressive leadership. He is leading the way in engaged social transformation that stresses reconciliation within our communities, while actively serving as spokesperson for movements on issues of human rights, gender/race relations, HIV/AIDS prevention, teen homelessness and community mobilization.
Raised on Chicago’s South Side, Patrick has traveled the United States, Europe & Africa speaking and advocating for rights, while simultaneously broadening his faith & cultural worldview. In 2005, he founded City of Faith Christian Church of Chicago. He also founded “Urban Advantage” a non-profit that provides life coaching & mentoring to help urban youth navigate and escape the lures of the streets.
Patrick has garnered national recognition, featured on the April '08 cover of Being Single Magazine, profiled in July '09 issue of Essence Magazine, written for MSNBC’S TheGrio.com, Washington Post’s On Faith and guest on local television & radio. A prolific and provocative speaker, Patrick was a featured panelist for CNN/The Root 'Young, Black in America' panel. The National Urban League’s Urban Influence magazine, named him one of their ‘09 Most Influential Men in America.” Recently, Patrick was recognized as a leader for of “Who’s Who in Black Chicago. In July 2010, Patrick is set to release his long awaited first book entitled LOVE AGAIN: A SPIRITUAL MEMOIR.