Altar Call (Medley):
I Surrender All
Is Your All On The Altar
Bishop Patterson was an author as well as a minister. He attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, Detroit Bible Institute and held an honorary doctorate from Oral Roberts University. Bishop Patterson was a contributing writer in the Spirit Filled Life Bible (KJV) which was edited by Dr. Jack Hayford. He was the author of the critically acclaimed book, "Here Comes The Judge" published by Whitaker House Publishing. He was the subject of feature articles in Newsweek, Ebony, Jet and Charisma magazines.
Bishop Patterson was a man of compassion. He was a part of the 9 person strategy team which invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis for the Sanitation Worker's strike. His work as a champion civil rights earned him many awards. In 1993 Bishop Patterson opened the doors of Temple of Deliverance to the community and began serving free hot meals daily. The church fed multiple thousands of people during the two year period in which he led this humanitarian cause. In 2002 he charted COGIC Charities, Inc. Through this nonprofit corporation, the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. has assisted victims of natural disasters both foreign and domestic as well as other charitable efforts to uplift humanity.
Bishop Patterson was a pastor. Bishop Patterson founded and pastored Bountiful Blessings Temple of Deliverance in 1975 and thirty-two years later Temple of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ has more than 15,000 members on roll with more than 6,500 active members. In May 1999, Bishop Patterson and Temple of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ entered new Worship Center which cost approximately 13 million dollars and seats approximately 5000. In 2005 the congregation dedicated the G. E. Patterson Family Life and Youth Center which it built at a cost of more than 5 million dollars without securing a bank loan. Temple of Deliverance is one of the fastest growing congregations in the country. During his ministerial career, Bishop Patterson organized 7 churches across the country.
Bishop Patterson was an ultimate visionary. He was the founder/ president of Bountiful Blessings Ministries which is viewed nationwide and internationally on the B.E.T. and TBN cable networks and a variety of local television stations throughout the country. He was the editor and publisher of the Bountiful Blessings Magazine with a distribution list of over 200,000 individuals. He was the president and general manager of WBBP Radio, a 5000-watt, full time gospel radio station. He was President of Podium Records, a record label whose first project, Bishop G. E. Patterson Presents Rance Allen and the Soul Winners' Conference Choir was nominated for a 1999 Grammy Award. Podium Records also released the hit CDs "Bishop G. E. Patterson and Congregation Singing the Old Time Way Volume One and Bishop G. E. Patterson and Congregation Singing the Old Time Way Volume Two." Volume One was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award, making Bishop Patterson personally a two time Grammy Nominee. Bishop Patterson was the 2006 Stellar Award winner for Best Traditional Male Vocalist. He was also nominated for a 2006 Soul Train Music Award.
On November 14, 2000, Bishop G. E. Patterson was elected as Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. He was reelected by acclamation in November 2004. In his office as the Presiding Bishop, he was the Chairman of the General Board and President of the Church Corporation. He was one of the most sought after speakers in the country.
His character, his leadership, and his powerful preaching extended his influence beyond the church he loved so dearly. His ministry on TV endeared him to saints and sinners across the nation and around the world. He was loved and respected by the leaders in the church world and people across America responded to his passionate preaching of Jesus Christ. God gave Bishop Patterson to the Church of God in Christ and then extended his influence far beyond the church.
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