Reverend T.J. Patterson, Jr. - Pastor

Reverend Thomas James (T. J.) Patterson, Jr., is the second child of T. J. Patterson, Sr., and the late Bobbie Gean Patterson of Lubbock, Texas.  He is happily married to the love of his life, Ursula Patterson, and the father of two wonderful children, Thomas III and Lauren Elise.  Reverend Patterson has a passion for serving God and caring for God’s people.  This passion has been developing over his life.
As a youth and young adult, Reverend Patterson was active in his church, school and community.  He accepted Christ at an early age at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Lubbock, Texas.  He graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar-Struggs High School with honors in the top 10% of his class in 1979.  Reverend Patterson matriculated to North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  Reverend Patterson furthered his education in pursuit of his career goal to be an attorney.  In May 1990, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.  During law school, he continued his service in ministry at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church where Reverend Patterson served as a youth leader and was the organizer and leader of the Boys Rites of Passage Program, a mentoring program for boys in 7th through 12th grades.   
In 1993, Reverend Patterson moved to Austin, Texas to serve on the legislative staff of State Senator Rodney Ellis.  In 1994, Reverend Patterson became an Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Civil Enforcement Section of the Financial Crimes Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.  While living in Austin, Reverend Patterson met his lovely wife and they joined the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor A.W.A Mays.  Reverend Patterson organized and led the Boys Rites of Passage Program, a mentoring program for boys 8 through 18 years of age.  He also served as a planner and instructor for Mount Sinai’s Men and Boys Retreat and as leader of the Mount Sinai Legal Ministry. 
In 1996, Reverend Patterson was ordained by the Mount Sinai Church to serve as a deacon.  Additionally, he was a member of the Junior Brotherhood and the Brotherhood and served as a teacher for the ministries.  In 2001, Reverend Patterson accepted his call to preach God’s Word and preached his first sermon in July of that year.  As an associate minister, Reverend Patterson enjoyed preaching on Sunday mornings at a local nursing home.
In 2001, God opened doors and granted favor for Reverend Patterson and his family to move to Fort Worth, Texas, where he became the first African-American to serve as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the history of the city’s law department.  While living in the Metroplex, Reverend Patterson joined and became an active member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  While serving at the Cornerstone Church, Reverend Patterson was the teacher for the teenage boys Sunday School class and a regular chaperone of the Children’s Choir.  Reverend Patterson organized and led the Legal Ministry and assisted in the planning of the boys mentoring program.  He was a faithful member of the Men’s Early Morning Prayer Group and assigned to preach to the children during the Children’s Church service.  He was also an active member of the Faith Ministry, an evangelism and outreach ministry for the Cornerstone Church. 
In 2007, God moved Reverend Patterson and his family to the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Michael A. Evans, Pastor.  At Bethlehem Baptist Church, Reverend Patterson served as an instructor for the youth Bible study and as a youth ministry instructor.  In addition, he served as a speaker at the Bethlehem’s Men and Boys Conference and served as an assistant youth Sunday School teacher.  Reverend Patterson has been afforded many opportunities to share his gift in ministry by assisting the Bethlehem Church in visitations, baptisms and preaching assignments.  Moreover, he has also been afforded numerous preaching assignments across the state as well as revivals to share the Holy Word with God’s people.
He is the proud Pastor of the Elm Grove Missionary Baptist Church (“The Grove”) in Fort Worth, Texas where he has the privilege and honor to serve God’s People.  He accepted this call to serve as Pastor of “The Grove” and it has forever changed the life and ministry of Rev. T. J. Patterson, Jr.