U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today announced they are cosponsors of a Senate resolution honoring the life of Bishop G.E. Patterson of Memphis, who passed away last week after a long illness. The resolution passed the Senate late Wednesday.
“Bishop Patterson came from a family of church and community leaders and he upheld that legacy with energy and dignity,” Alexander said. “He will be remembered not only as the founder of a great church, but also as a peacemaker, having left Memphis a better place than he found it.”
“The Memphis community lost one of its most respected and beloved religious leaders with the passing of Bishop Patterson,” Corker said. “I am very proud to be a cosponsor of this resolution honoring his life and expressing condolences to his family and to all those who have been touched by his many years of ministry.”
Gilbert Earl Patterson was born in 1939 in Humboldt, TN and raised in Memphis, TN and Detroit, MI. He studied at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis and in 1962 became co-pastor of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis with his father, Bishop W.A. Patterson. In 1975, Patterson founded Temple of Deliverance, the Cathedral of Bountiful Blessings. Beginning in November 2000, he served as the international leader of the Church of God in Christ, leading a denomination of over 6 million members. Patterson passed away on Tuesday, March 20.