Reverend Dr. Ian Fitzpatrick was born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. In 1978 he served as a missionary for Bible Land Mission in Beirut, Lebanon for three years.
In 1981 he attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs and after graduating immigrated to Toronto, Canada to pastor the Mississauga Bethel Church from 1984 until 1989.
He helped provide leadership for the Target Toronto Thrust to the Cities for the following three years and then was called as pastor of the Toronto Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene in 1992. During this time he earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Ontario Theological Seminary.
He was elected as District Superintendent in June 2004. He serves on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene and the National Board of Canada.
He received an Honorary Doctorate from Nazarene Bible College in May 2017 and was elected National Director of the Church of the Nazarene Canada, effective November 1, 2017.