It was he who gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Reverend Runney D. Patterson, Sr.
Runney Donel Patterson, Sr., was born to Irene Patterson in Houston, Mississippi, and reared by his grandmother, Lorine Patterson, in McCondy, Mississippi. His grandmother taught him the Bible, carried him to church, and introduced him to the Lord at the age of six. After his baptism, Runney united with the Union Baptist Church in Prairie, Mississippi, where he served as a choir member, an usher, a Sunday school teacher, Bible class teacher, and a deacon.
Educated in the Houston, Mississippi Public Schools, Runney Donel Patterson, Sr., graduated in May 1984. He was a member of the BETA Club, the Student Body Government, the Topper newspaper staff, and the basketball and track teams.
On March 5, 1988, Runney Donel Patterson, Sr., surrendered to the call of the ministry. He preached his first public sermon March 26, 1988. On October 23, 1988, Runney Donel Patterson, Sr., was ordained for the work of the ministry. Reverend Patterson not only accepted the call to preach but also the call of preparation. He is a graduate of Ministerial Institute and College in West Point, Mississippi, where he received a Diploma of Christian Education in May 1992 and a Bachelor of Theology Degree in May 1995.
Week after week, Reverend Patterson is a much-sought evangelist for revivals nationwide. He has a great love and concern for God’s people and freely gives in to the opportunity to preach and teach whenever called upon.
Reverend Patterson has been involved with many religious and civic affiliations throughout his preaching and pastoral career at the district, state, and national levels in Mississippi. Currently, Reverend Patteron is an active member of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., and the Minnesota State Baptist Convention, Inc.
New Hope Baptist Church is Reverend Patterson's fourth pastorate position. Previously, he served as pastor of Town Creek M. B. Church, West Point, Mississippi, from November 1988 to May 1991; Friendship M. B. Church, Columbus, Mississippi, from June 1991 to January 1998; and Rising Star M.B. Church, Tupelo, Mississippi from January 1998 to September 2004.
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