COGIC Leader Bishop Gilbert Earl (G.E.) Patterson Dies

Today, the members of one of the largest pentecostal organizations in the world mourns the loss of their beloved leader and prelate Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson. A mighty leader, a spirit filled preacher and an effective witness. We shall miss him and cherish every moment we’ve spent in his presence. Let us all say a prayer for the Patterson family as we also lift up the Churches of God in Christ worldwide. We’ll speak more real soon! Good night our shepherd, we’ll see you in the MORNING!

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53 Responses to “COGIC Leader Bishop Gilbert Earl (G.E.) Patterson Dies”


  1. 1 Minister Kendric Norwood March 24, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Praise the Lord,

    It is with great sorrow felt on the news of this great leader’s passing. Bishop Patterson was such an imspiration to the ministry, I would watch him on every Sunday (BET)and sometimes again that evening on TBN.

    He is one of the most gracious and encouraging figures in my lifetime. He will truly be missed but not forgotten. My prayers and the prayers of countless others goes out to the Patterson family as well as the Body of Christ.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Minister Kendric Norwood
    Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    Englishtown New Jersey

  2. 2 Rev. Bruce & Veverline Rome March 24, 2007 at 10:19 am

    The late G.E.Patterson was our favorite on Sunday mornings while getting ready for our own church. He will truly be missed. We were making plans to visit his church soon. May God bless his family. You have our sympathy.

    The Rome Family

  3. 3 lourene scott March 24, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    To First lady Patterson,

    I had the pleasure of hearing you speak 2 yrs. ago at the Womens Convention in Atlanta Ga. You really encouraged me to stay in the race. God has truly Blessed me ever since that beautiful 4 days with mother Rivers. May God strengthen you thru this difficult time. Your friend and sister in Christ!!!

    Pastor Dunwoody and Church family!!!

  4. 4 Pegues Family, Indiana March 24, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    We will truly miss the Bishop coming into our home every Sunday morning as we prepared to go to the house of worship. He was truly a soldier on the battle field and words can’t truly express how much he will be missed on our television screens. The work he performed for the Lord while here on earth can be put into words….go on and receive your crown.

    The Pegues Family
    Indiana

  5. 5 Evangelist Elizabeth M, Brantum March 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Lovingly and sadly we must say good-bye to one of God most humble and loyal servant. A man who knew no boundary when it came to the word of God and the people of God. Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson ministry reached beyond every denomination and enter into the hearts of the people. He was not just a Bishop or Preacher to the COGIC, but he was God’s servant and man of the hour to the world. I know that our Heavenly Father called him home for a reason, and I am equally sure when He made the call, he said Gilbert come on home, job well done. My Mother went home in 2004 with love for Bishop Patterson in her heart. In her own words “that is truly a man of God.” To the family, thank you so much for sharing Bishop with us. We will continue to hold you dearly in our heart in prayers and with love; we could not love and appreciate Bishop without loving you.

  6. 6 shenika terry March 24, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    I was so hurt when i had the news. I looked forward to see on tv when i come home on sunday moring after work. I love to hear his voice and wishing that i was right there with him praiseing the lord. my heart and prays goes out to the family.

  7. 7 Shawntal Miller March 25, 2007 at 7:38 am

    Bishop G. E. Patterson will truly be missed. I’m originally from Philadelphia but currently reside in Nassau, Bahamas. As my mother was battling cancer in Philadelphia, we tuned in to Bishop Patterson together every Sunday for our word. She ordered many tapes of his sermons to get her through the tough times. My mother passed away last December. I decided to continue to watch Bishop Patterson although mom is no longer here. Now, Sundays will never be the same. I pray that God gives the family much strength during their time of sorrow.

  8. 8 Lee Mc. March 25, 2007 at 8:58 am

    LORD Thank you for the time that we had to enjoy Bisho G.E. Patterson. To his wife and family. My prayers are with you and God Bless. Bishop was only passing through –he is now resting in his Fathper’s arms. Bishop Patterson can truly hear the words of God up close, JOB WELL DONE!!!

    GOD BLESS

  9. 9 Lee Mc. March 25, 2007 at 9:01 am

    LORD Thank you for the time that we had to enjoy Bishop G.E. Patterson. To his wife and family. My prayers are with you and God Bless. Bishop was only passing through –he is now resting in his Father’s arms. Bishop Patterson can truly hear the words of God up close, JOB WELL DONE!!!

    GOD BLESS

  10. 10 Wendi March 25, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    I was saddened to hear the news of Bishop Patterson’s passing. He was such an outspoken man of GOD. Have no doubt that he is now with the LORD and if he is with the LORD and the LORD has promised to be with us then we are NEVER far apart. To the Patterson family, be encouraged, prayerful and know that GOD has a bigger plan for this Great Bishop and he only let us borrow him for a brief time. We’ll see him again in that great family union of the saints!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  11. 11 Martha Williams March 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you Lord for blessing the world with one of your most dedicated servants, Bishop Patterson. I will miss him!

    Martha Williams

  12. 12 Wilton March 25, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    A truly great and encouraging minister. My wife, daughters and I will miss his sermons.

    From St. Lcia, West Indies

  13. 13 Shirley A. McClinton-Watson March 26, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Bishop Patterson was MY GET READY FOR CHURCH PREACHER. I WILL FOREVER MISS HEARING HIS SILKY VOICE PREACHING THE GOSPEL. To the Patterson Family, stay strong in Christ.

    Sincerely

  14. 14 Shirley A. McClinton-Watson March 26, 2007 at 6:43 am

    Bishop Patterson was MY GET READY FOR CHURCH PREACHER. I WILL FOREVER MISS HEARING HIS SILKY VOICE PREACHING THE GOSPEL. To the Patterson Family, stay strong in Christ.

    East Orange, New Jersey

  15. 15 clara eubanks March 26, 2007 at 8:45 am

    rev patterson will be terrible missed he comes on 2 times in our area on sunday and he really krrps us going before i get to my own church my heart goes out to the family

  16. 16 Elder Jimmy Harrell March 26, 2007 at 11:55 am

    We are deeply saddened to hear about Bishop Pattersons’ passing. Our prayers are with Sister Patterson and his congregation.; also with the Churches of God in Christ. As we mourn with you we also rejoice that Bishops’ faith has been made sight. I will continue to pray for all of you.

  17. 17 Celeste Washington March 26, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Hearing of the going home of Dr. Patterson, just left me sort of void; I would set my alarm so I would not miss him. How many preachers make you shout and praise God in your own living room? I only know two and Dr. Patterson was one of them.

    I ask myself, whom will replace that resounding “voice” you have to be born with a voice like that you know; you cannot learn it. I ask myself whom will introduce me to the heavenly father now as Dr. Patterson did and make me believe it. I ask myself who will give me that wonderful feeling of fulfillment through TV as Dr. Patterson did.

    I guess when the Heavenly Father says, “Well done my child, well done,” He really means it and just simply sends His Spiritual vehicle to take you “home”.

    To the family I say, “Try to remember that Dr. Patterson was only on loan to you; he was put here to do God’s will and as it always happens he was loved by someone more than you or I could ever love him. But rest assured we will see him again – It’s the Heavenly Father’s promise. And like all good Fathers He never breaks a promise.

    Celeste, aka,

  18. 18 NELL WAYNE March 26, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Truly a great man. I had the opportunity of seeing him in Arkansas at our State Convocation under the leadership of Bishop R. E. Matheney. Will always cherish the opportunity to have graced his presence. Thank God for Bishop Patterson and the grand ole Church of God In Christ.

  19. 19 Patricia S. Brown March 26, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I,listen to Bishop G.E. Patterson on Sunday morning while

    dressing for church. His message was such a inspritation to

    start your day off with. He will be sadly missed by the

    T.V. viewing audience.

    Patrica S. Brown/Audrey L. Smith-sisters from Baton Rouge,

    La.

  20. 20 Patricia S. Brown March 26, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    I,listen to Bishop G.E. Patterson on Sunday morning while

    dressing for church. His message was such a inspritation to

    start your sunday off with. He will be sadly missed by the

    T.V. viewing audience.

    Patrica S. Brown/Audrey L. Smith-sisters from Baton Rouge,

    La.

  21. 21 Wenda Smith-Mackel March 26, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    When I heard that Bishop Patterson had passed my husband and I were truly saddened. His message was such an inspiration to us. We would
    watch him on Sunday morning while getting ready for church and I would catch the same message again on Sunday afternoon while cooking Sunday dinner.

    I live in New Orleans, LA and I am a faithful member of Life Center Cathedral, but when folks ask what church I attend I jokingly say I’m under watchcare at Life Center, but my pastor is Gilbert Earl Patterson. He will be truly missed.

    Sincerly,
    Wenda Smith-Mackel

  22. 22 pastor s. strachan March 27, 2007 at 7:12 am

    I have enjoyed the ministry of bishop Patterson who at times reminded me of my former pastor bishop W.E. Lanier.Bishop was one of the last of the true pentecostal preachers who regaurdless of fads and trends in Christiandom, stayed true true to his roots.It is men of God such as he with impecable integrity, not drawn away with filty lucre, that God can really use.God has truly inspired me thru this mighty man God.My family and I are praying for Lady patterson and the Temple of deliverance family.
    Sincerly,
    Dr.Sean W.Strachan

  23. 23 Bishop Charles C Jones March 27, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    When you tal about G.E.Patterson you can’t help but talk about the humility of this great man of God.He was a precious jewel to the body of Christ and will certainly be missed.While we might still be able to view his programs my prayers go out to his wife, and church family as well as the Church of God in Christ because they are the ones who will feel the effect of him not being here anymore.You mourn for a while I even shed years myself when I recieved the news of his passing because I know how it feels to lose a Pastor and wonder what will happen next.David said it best “Weeping may endure for the night but joy is coming in the morning time.” Be Blessed!

  24. 24 Bishop Charles C Jones March 27, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    When you talk about G.E.Patterson you can’t help but talk about the humility of this great man of God.He was a precious jewel to the body of Christ and will certainly be missed.While we might still be able to view his programs on television my prayers go out to his wife, and church family as well as the Church of God in Christ because they are the ones who will feel the effect of him not being here anymore.You mourn for a while I even shed tears myself when I recieved the news of his passing because I know how it feels to lose a Pastor and wonder what will happen next.David said it best “Weeping may endure for the night but joy is coming in the morning time.” Be Blessed!

  25. 25 Elder Thomas L. Wilson March 27, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Bishop G.E.Patterson was one of God’s greatest preachers and teacher. The meaning of true saintification and holliness was always displayed in his speech and his lifestyle. Thank God for such a honorable messenger in these last and evil days. Our prayers goes out to his lovely wife and family and to all that was under his leadership. Not only will the Church of God in Christ be affected by his passing, but anyone that have a true relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, regardless of denomination. For he fought a good fight and kept the faith. Farewell most honororable Bishop.

  26. 26 Sandra Brannen March 28, 2007 at 6:53 am

    I will truly miss Bishop Patterson. I called his sunday morning messages my wake up call. A true inspiration to me and my walk with the Lord. My condolences goes out to the family. I will continue to pray for you in your time of grief. God Bless.

  27. 27 R.G. Stewart March 28, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    I WILL TRULY MISS Bishop Patterson. I will miss his inspirational message he would give every sunday. He is where he preach about. May God continue to cover and protect his family. Good night Rev.Patterson sleep well and tell Rev. E.V. Hill to rest on and i will see you in the morning…

  28. 28 Flo Lipscomb March 29, 2007 at 7:19 am

    I was saddened when I heard og Bishop Patterson’s homegoing. He was a driving force in the Church Of God In Christ arena. The strength and power he expeled when he spoke, made you think, feel. I was raised in the COGIC faith and Bishop was a conerstone in my upbringing. He will be missed. Prayers of comfort and the knowledge of knowing he did what was required of him. God Bless!
    Flo Lipscomb
    Portland, Oregon

  29. 29 Minister Selina Williams March 29, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    GOD is good.
    I watched Bishop Patterson every Sunday morning to get my spirit ready for church. After some time of watching him, he became my t.v. spiritual father. I will miss him dearly. But I am so glad that I listened to him because just last sunday I became a licensed minister. GLORY

    I thank God for G E Patterson ministry, his life has helped change me, today.

    Rest,
    Love,
    Minister Selina Williams
    Raleigh, North Carolina

  30. 30 L. Goode March 29, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    My heart is so saddened at Heaven’s gain of this powerful man of God! Bishop, sleep for the morning will come.
    My thoughts and prayers are with COGIC.

  31. 31 Eunice March 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Condolences to the Patterson family and the C.O.G.I.C family, I have been blessed down through the years by Bishop Patterson’s messages on Sundays. I always felt like I had service before going to service.

    I thank God for such a wonderful man of God (The Bishop G. E. Patterson)

  32. 32 Rev. Dennis and Marie Roundtree March 30, 2007 at 6:56 am

    We love you and will greatly be missed.

  33. 33 Deloise Matthews Brinson March 30, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Tell me, what do you want the Lord to say? Tell me, what do you want the Lord to say? Well, I want Him to say servant well done, come on home. That’s what I believe God said to Bishop Patterson as he took his last breath. Well done my servant, well done. Come on home.
    My condolences to the family and those whom loved him as well as myself so dearly.

    We all will miss Bishop Patterson.

  34. 34 Sharon Hanna March 31, 2007 at 2:44 am

    My Sundays started with Bishop Patterson and after church, I came home and watched him again. Two times for the day I would listen to him preach and sometimes sing, this usually calmed and soothed my soul. He was truly an encouragment and an inspiration to me. For as long as he is published for television, I will be watching him.

    He will definitely be missed in both the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

    To the family, be encouraged, he is now resting with Jesus.

  35. 35 Editorincheeze March 31, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Alot of people don’t know this, But the COGIC used to Ordain Assembly of God Pastors around the time, that the A/G was getting started.

    COGIC brought the Holy Ghost to the White Man.

    😀

    -Chuck

  36. 36 Minster Anastasia Syes March 31, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    To Mrs Patterson May Gods Grace continue to be with you and your family. Also to your Church family continue to look up to God and be prayful.

  37. 37 Minister Louis Hughley March 31, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    To the family, may the Lord Bless and keep you in times like this. From: The Hughley Family.

  38. 38 Kathey Richmond April 1, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Bishop Patterson will be greatly missed and he is greatly loved by all. I am a member of COGIC “Word of faith” Pastor and Missionary Wendall Beets in Cedar Rapids, Ia. How pastor Beets looked up to Bishop Patterson is awsome, Pastor Beets and all of are are heartbroken over the death of such a wonderful man of God. Bishop Patterson is such a driving source for so many. I know he is resting in the loving arms of our Lord. Rest for your job is done and you will never be forgotten.
    with much love and respect
    Kathey Richmond
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  39. 39 Mr & Mrs E Dixon April 2, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    We will miss Bishop Patterson’s Sunday Morning Sermons.
    His messages were such a blessing to us. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with Mrs Patterson and family. May Gods grace and peace be with you during this time.

  40. 40 Alex Peay April 8, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    For the past four years Bishop G.E Patterson was my favorite Bishop to listen to on a daily base. I went on youtube and watched parts of his sermon. I told myself that I was going to meet that man one day because when God calls me for my calling, I want to be just like him. But last week, my friend from the Church of God in Chirst family told me about his death, I was in shock and could not believe that this great man was dead. But I had to remember that the Bible says “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Eventhough I never got the chance to meet this wonderful man God, there is not doubt in my mind or any other person who knows him mind, that he is a Saint. It is so funnythat you put this video on there because last week I was in church I could not stop thinking about when he said its a mystery how God can take a brown cow that eats green grass and you can get from him white milk… and how God can take his black heart and dip it into his red blood and turn him white as snow! I love that line and it is so funny how I was thinking about that in church last week and you have it on here. I just hope that our Lord and Savior blesses the late Bishop G.E Patterson, his family, and close ones.

  41. 41 Rev. A. Lamont Shockley April 9, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    To all who mourn,

    It is a faithful saying and an awesome declaration that the Apostle Paul gives us as he explained how challenged he was between staying to serve and leaving to rest. I feel in my spirit that even though the Bishop may have wanted to stay…for your sakes…the opportunity to rest from his labor was far too wonderful to pass up.

    “To Be Absent From The Body Is To Be Present With The Lord”

    Everytime I think of it, I get excited. I imagine that Bishop Patterson did too. I remember him saying it in one of his sermons. Yes…a General has gone home, but always remember, and act accordingly, that before he left he trained and equipped some very capable soldiers! Take what you have learned and apply it to YOUR life.

    God Bless You All…We Love You and are Praying For You.

    In Jesus Name.

    Rev. A. Lamont Shockley

  42. 42 Min Charles Robinson II April 9, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Greetings, just a note to say that Bishop Patterson will allwas be a part of the way that I praise God I can remember when I first watched him on t.v the anointing was so great,even throught the t.v he real touched my soul, I really miss he I just pray that Gods anoiting stays with you as you go through this time know that when we all get together what a day of rejoicing that will be

    may God bless and strengthen you as you go through the new life of the great Bishop G.E Patterson

  43. 43 Elder Norman Hinds April 12, 2007 at 7:32 am

    may God bless the Church family and the wife of the late Bishop Gelbert Earl Patterson we will miss him

  44. 44 Margia McDowell April 17, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to the Patterson family. I have Bishop Patterson’s Old Time Gospel CD/Video, and I plan to buy others. He lifted me up on Sunday morning.

    THANK YOU BISHOP. REST NOW.

    MS. MARGIA MCDOWELL

  45. 45 Ethel Gannon July 2, 2007 at 8:33 am

    My heart is truly broken by the passing of, Bishop G. E. Patterson. I never met Bishop but I felt like I knew him– the words of God rang out from his heart when I listened to him preach every Sunday morning from California, Channel 40 – on TBN. Bishop Patterson’s preaching spoke to my Spirit and changed my life. I felt like Bishop Patterson was one of the few preachers remaining that truly preached the “word” of God. Big Business in the Church had not taken over his commitment to taking the word of God to world. Bishop Patterson rightly divided the word of God and carried it to the people, the Holy Spirit within me confirmed the truth that Bishop Patterson spoke.

    I will miss him tremendously…, my prayers are with the Patterson’s family during their time of tremendous sorrow, Bishop Patterson was truly sent by God…, I mourn with you.

  46. 46 ZELMA SUAREZ August 26, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    My heart was truly sadden on the passing of Bishop G.E. Patterson, but I was also glad that he has gone to be with his Lord. When I was a child, he was a house-hold name spoken by my late mother and grandmother, Evangelist Susan Cook, of the Evangelists Cook and Cunningham, of Kelly’s Temple in NYC. My grandmother knew the Bishop and First Lady well. She never missed a Convocation in Memphis. Bishop you will be truly missed by us all. But now the Heavens are rejoicing. Oh! what a glorious time the Saints are having with the Lord! God Bless you and keep you Mother Louise Patterson and the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Church Family.

  47. 47 Arenda L. Monroe March 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Dear First Lady:

    Your husband will truely be missed from our lives. I listened to him every morning as I prepared myself to attend service. May you be BLESSED!

  48. 48 Mr.Victor Orlando Hollingsworth Sr June 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    To1st Lady, I Really Miss Bishop Patterson On Earily Sunday Morning.He Really Made My Sunday;s Great,We Must Keep Each Other In Prayer. You Be Blessed, And May God Bless.

  49. 49 Mrs. Karen L. Wade October 24, 2009 at 1:22 am

    I Am Shocked and disappionted, To learn in 2009 that this Man of god is no longer with us. I was raised in the Church if God in Christ.Bishop Patterson was a Man of God I grew up Hearing him preach the word,my grandmother, Mother Anna P. Towns of Dayton, Ohio Made sure that we knew God’s Promise to all of the saints. I grew up in Prayer Garden GOGIC under Elder James MacMahon and Sis Mac. Mother Jones and Mother Burnett raised me as a soldier in the army of God,in sunday school and Young People Willing Worker. And through it all there was Bishop Patterson leading the way. my granny always spoke highly of the Bishop, and how he was always leading those of us in th Sringfield District. I would ask for prayer for myself and my family as we have lost Mother Towns and all the others I have spoken of, but I know they are now fighting the battle on the Holy Mount for all of us who are still left behind to continue the fight on earth.I will be forever Thankful.Praise God Amen.

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