My name is Steve Patterson. I am 40 years old divorced Christian Father of a grown adult child. I’m very active in church and love working with the youth and the van ministry. I grew up in Knoxville, TN and currently live in Jefferson City, TN.
About Steve Patterson
I grew up going to Alice Bell Baptist Church, as a child and teenager. While I was a teenager, I helped with the sound system, children’s church and served as an usher.
Today, I attend Piedmont Baptist Church, where I help on the van ministry, the youth group and as an usher. Since I’m a graphic designer, I also do design flyers for events and stuff. I also help fill in where ever needed. Serving with the youth has allowed me to be able to go on youth trips! Some of these youth trips include: Difference Makers Camp, Xtreme Winter, Winter Jam, Strength to Stand, Corn Maze, Hikes, Creeper Trail, Ice Skating, Movies and more. Plus, I help with the Grow Ministry (outreach) when I can as well.
Education & Training
I have an Associates of Applied Science degree in Communication Graphics Technology (CGT aka graphic design) in 2000 from Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Plus, I use my graphic design skills for this blog ministry and also to help do flyers for the church. Even some of my graphic design skills are used for other ministries too.
Currently, I am studying theology at Andersonville Theological Seminary to get my Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.). This Th.B. degree is a work at your own pace. So far it has been very slow for me.
I just completed in September 2016, The Adrian Rogers Pastor Training Institute on What Every Pastor Ought to Know. I did this with a group of local pastors, including my pastor Bob Neal. The Jefferson County Baptist Association put this training on. This training covered what every pastor out to know about maturity, ministry and management. It was a six week training for us, meeting on Mondays.
Helping Other Ministries
I have been able to help with setup and other aspects of a buddy who got to preach at a nursing home, the Samaritan House, Work Release Jail and even hand out gospel tracts at events and the local college. Since I am a graphic designer, I also, help a few ministries out with some graphic design too.
I am an Eagle Scout. An Eagle scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. I attained my rank of Eagle in 1994. I’m a life time member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). Prior to me attaining my rank of Eagle, I earned my God and Country award in the Boy Scouts of America. Not to mention, one of the positions I held in my troop was Chaplain’s Aid and also Scribe, mostly both of them at the same time. A Chaplain’s Aid acts as the Chaplain for the troop. He would lead the troop in prayers and even Bible studies. Not to mention, if you were camping on Sunday, he would lead a Vesper Service, meaning a type of church service in the woods.
Even as a teenager, I was able to work at a Christian camp, Camp Ba-Yo-Ca working as a camp counselor. For one month I had the youngest group of boys in a cabin (each week was a new group of boys). I got to teach a few of the classes there too.
In February of 2012, I took the Resolution (pledge from the movie Courageous). I have my plaque on my wall in the living room with family pictures. April 2013,
In 2012, I publicly went before my church and announced a re-dedication to Christ and I also announced my purity covenant until I am married. (True Love Waits) I have been very active in serving my church ever since. I hope God will continue to use too.
I love Christian music. It is all I listen to. I mostly tune into Air1 but also do listen to K-Love at times too. Air 1 is what it stays on in my car. In my home, my computer or iPhone has nothing but Christian music on it. I challenge you to listen to nothing but Christian music for one month and see what it does. After that see if you can’t listen to it for about another 30 days.
I believe only listening to Christian Music has helped my walk greatly. The saying be careful little ear what you hear is true. I don’t want the influence of worldly music affecting my walk and bringing me away from God.
Hobbies & Other Stuff
Some of my other hobbies include walking, hiking, camping, swimming, bowling and photography. I have a cat, she is a calico, named Lilly Bug.
Jesus is the ONLY Way
I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and that He died for my sins so I can have everlasting life. Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven. I believe the Holy Bible is God-Breathed, true Word of God without error.
Gospel TractsJefferson City, TN area and perhaps allow me to come and share a word with the youth that would be great. I am just starting out teaching with youth and would like any experience you have. You can leave a reply on this page if you want and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
First published July 1, 2012. Revisions and additions made here and there. Last Updated and revised on September 19, 2016.