I met Pat when I started working with the Twin City church of Christ in 1990. At that time he was a young high school student but it didn’t take long for me to see that he was a young man with a lot of special qualities.
He has been called a hero! When Pat was younger he and his cousin Scott rescued Virgil Bounds when a car fell on him and pinned him under it.
He knew how to handle pressure. He and our son Jason were counseling together at camp Ne O Tez and they had a young camper who was a diabetic. One morning after a very grueling day Pat and Jason couldn’t wake the boy up but they didn’t panic. Pat stayed with the young boy and Jason ran and got me and I knew the boy was in a diabetic coma and we rushed back with juice and crackers and got the boy restored.
He is smart. Of all the youth I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my ministry he is one of the few that I know who aced the ACT test.
He has a delightful disposition. He is a humble and kind person. He always got along with his peers, the older people admired him and he was always helpful with the younger guys.
He knew the heartache of a divided home. As a young child his parents divorced and as a young man his mother divorced his step father, that’s the reason the name “Felton” is in brackets.
He is a loving son. His mother Geneva is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s and to help his sister Gina with her care he returns to the St. Louis area regularly to help care for his mother.
He chose to be a minister of the gospel. After graduating from high school he was leaning toward being a coach and teaching but his love for the Lord took him into the ministry. He changed his education to learning the Bible and the ministry and he has now worked with congregations in Arkansas, Kansas and Connecticut where he purposely went to be involved in domestic missions.
Their mission statement: “Church” isn’t a place to go. The church is a diverse group of people following Jesus together. Our mission is to join God in the work he is doing to call all of his creation back home. That means that we learn to love the things God loves. We learn to do the things God, through Jesus, modeled for us. We learn to live out God’s call for justice, peace, love, faithfulness, and unity. And we do all this together, whether we are spending time in worship, service, study, or fellowship.”
When I told Tony Gentry that Patrick was going to be doing our meeting he said, “He will do a fantastic job!”
About the author:
Don and his wife Brenda have been married 48 years. They have two married sons Jason/Crista and Nicholas/Heather and four grandsons Luke, Ryker, Blake and Drew. Don is a graduate of the Gateway School of Preaching, Fairview Heights, IL, the Bristol Roads School of Biblical Studies, Flint, MI and he has a bachelor’s degree in religious education from Michigan Christian College. He has been preaching since 1979. He has preached at Pacific, MO; Howell, MI; Arnold, MO; Festus, MO; Dexter, MO; and De Soto, MO where he has served since 2007. He also serves the congregation as one of the elders. Don has done campaigns and meetings in several states and mission work in Cuba, India, and Jamaica. Don refers to himself as a “Minister” because he loves ministering to others and helping them learn about Jesus and growing in their relationship with Him.