Pat Verbal holds an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from the Azusa Pacific University School of Theology. She is the Senior Manager of Publishing and Ministry Resources at The Christian Institute on Disability at Joni and Friends. Pat was selected in 2010 as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Leaders in Children’s Ministry of the last 20 years.

Pat is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian education and special needs ministry. Sharing from her 25 years as an associate pastor, educator and consultant, her books include, Special Needs Ministry for Children, Special Needs Smart Pages, Life in the Balance, and Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry. She served as managing editor and contributor for the Beyond Suffering Bible (Tyndale, 2016).

Pat is the grandmother of two children with special needs, who she credits with being her most inspiring teachers.