On Sunday, April 26, the Rev. John K. Patterson along with his wife, First Lady Barbara Patterson, celebrated thirty years of “Preaching and teaching God’s Word to His People. This Appreciation Service was held at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 5277 N. 36th Street. The theme for the service was, “The Pastor: God’s Gift to the Church.” Guest speakers for the morning service included Rev. John McVicker, of Christ the King Baptist Church who preached from the topic: “Problems or Possibilities.” The afternoon guest speaker was Rev. Demetrius Williams of Community Baptist Church. Rev. Williams spoke on “Pastoral Appreciation.” This celebratory weekend was highlight by guests from CA, IL, MO, TX and other states as well. Rev. Patterson is a native of the city of Milwaukee, who married his high school sweetheart, Sis. Barbara J. Strickland; they were blessed with two children, Kevin D. and Chanice J. Patterson. Pastor Patterson was called into the ministry in May 1985 and preached his first sermon in July 1985. In September of 1987, Pastor Patterson was called as the first Pastor of Greater Community Baptist Church in MO and later pastored at the Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church of Springfield, MO for seven years. He is the son of the late Genora and Zenobia Patterson. Pastor Patterson is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity University in Deerfield, IL. Currently he plans to go back to school for his doctorate in leadership and communication. Pastor Patterson has been the Pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church here in Milwaukee for the last eighteen years, where he enjoys and warm and intense God-led partnership with his congregants. We wish Pastor Patterson, First Lady Patterson and all of the congregants of the Mt. Olive Baptist an abundance of God’s blessings.