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Life father, like son at Pentecostal Temple COGIC

Rev. Charles Harrison Mason Patterson Sr.
 

It’s official. Elder Charles Harrison Mason Patterson Sr. has succeeded his father, the late Bishop J. O. Patterson Jr., as pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ.
It’s official. Elder Charles Harrison Mason Patterson Sr. has succeeded his father, the late Bishop J. O. Patterson Jr., as pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ.

 
 Elder Charles Harrison Mason Patterson Sr., newly installed pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ, said he is expecting God to do great things. (Photos by Tyrone P. Easley)

 
 At his installation service last Sunday, those accompanying Elder Charles Harrison Mason Patterson Sr. (left) included Ruth Mason Lewis, the surviving daughter of COGIC Founder Charles Harrison Mason, his wife, LaShaundra Patterson, and his daughter, Kelly Rose.

COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. made the appointment during the Tennessee Headquarters Jurisdiction’s 94th Holy Convocation last Saturday, Aug. 6. Bishop J. O. Patterson Jr. died June 25.

“We have been on a 40-day fast of consecration and prayer,” said Elder Patterson, 34. ”I wanted to make sure the church was going in the right direction spiritually. The people have been very supportive. It brought the local church together, and it helped us through the grieving process. I knew I would pastor here one day. I just wish my father was here to be apart of it.”

Elder Patterson preached his first sermon as pastor on Sunday. He emphasized that he is expecting God to do great things, and that he wants to strengthen the existing ministries of the church and birth new ministries.

Patterson holds three prominent positions in the national church, including superintendent of national properties, assistant church treasurer, and a member of the national trustee board.

Named after COGIC founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, Patterson is married to LaShaundra Patterson. They have three children.


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