Patty was originally born and raised in a Christian household in New York and later moved to Metro ATL in middle school. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and her graduate degree at Georgia State University, during which she began to attend JCA regularly. Patty has been at JCA for about 10 years and is passionate about helping others and serving the community.
Patty is a high school ESOL Social Studies teacher and is currently working on her EDS/EDD in History education at Kennesaw State University. She is married to Jarter Gao who currently serves as a co-leader in JCA’s children’s ministry. Patty is an unabashed history buff and loves to get tea and desserts at Asian cafes and keep up with current events. She also loves spending time with her husband by going on walks together or by having study dates at a coffee shop.