23. August 2008 · 21 comments · Categories: Uncategorized

By:  Lynn Green

I loved Bishop G. E. Patterson. He was an old fashioned minister who looked the truth of the gospel in the eyes and dealt with it head on. He also called sin sin and did not sugar coat anything. Well, he has gone on Home to Glory but he left a widow behind. Apparently there are some problems serious enough that she feels a need to sue because she is suing a family member and yes, it involves money.

According to news reports, Louise Patterson has found it necessary to sue her nephew, Milton R. Hawkins, who is now pastor of Temple of Deliverance, the Cathedral of Bountiful Blessings. Mrs. Patterson desires to have the financial books opened.

Tensions began to flare between Patterson and her nephew several months after the bishop’s death.

After being denied access to financial records from the past five years, Louise Patterson made requests through her lawyer and filed the lawsuit in June.

“A member (of the church), by law, is entitled to see those records,” Wade said.

But a letter from Hawkins’ attorney, Jef Feibelman, states those financial records show that both the church and the ministry were operated as a single entity under the former pastor.

“They simply reflect that Bishop Patterson operated Bountiful Blessings Inc. and Temple of Deliverance as one,” says the letter, which was included in the lawsuit.

Oh, my goodness! Stay tuned.  Link

Hat tip to Evangelist ET for story lead!

21 Comments

  1. I gleaned a story along these lines (not sure if it is the same people involved), where the new Pastor of the church was changed the name of the church (especially on the bank accounts, etc.) to try and keep the Bishop’s widow from receiving some funds that she was entitled to. I wonder if this is this was the same one?

  2. The suit was filed in part to identify what if any of Temple of Deliverance’s finances belonged to Bountiful Blessings Inc. It is my understanding that Mrs. Patterson wants to use Bountiful Blessings Inc.’s finances to keep the memory of her late husband alive through the television broadcast and of course she gets 25,000 dollars a month from Temple of Deliverances and Bountiful Blessings Inc in pensions.

    From reading some of the comments under the article. Bountiful Blessings Ministries is a completely separate entity from Temple of Deliverance. Some commenter’s are saying It is a business, an corporation that has a seperate mission. If that be the case then Ms. Patterson has a legal and moral right to claim her husband money.

  3. It’s sad how the gloves come off when someone dies, but I partly blame the Bishop, because his personal ministry shouldn’t have been run jointly with the church’s(IF that’s the case) for this very reason. If Sis Patterson is trying to keep Bountiful Blessings going someone needs to weed thur the mess that’s been made and as “Christians” they should be able to come to a fair agreement. Because this is certainly NOT the way to honor the Bishop. :(

  4. It is even sadder when these financial squabbles involve family members. I wonder if the nephew was waiting in the wings to take control of the church and flex his muscle?? I am not familiar with this situation, but I do know that Bishop Patterson would not have wanted his nephew to treat his wife in this manner.

  5. Minister Marquis Kimble

    I think it is absolutely disrespectful of the new pastor to put Bishop’s widow through this. This is certainly not honoring our beloved Bishop GE Patterson, and as christians this does not look good to those that are new to christ. I think that the new “Pastor” should fall in line and get himself off of a pedalstool since the Bishop loved and cared enough about him to choose him as pastor to respect his memory and do what it is God called him to do. That certainly is not fighting over money! Also Mother Patterson deserves to know whatever she wants to know because it was her and Bishop that started this great ministry years ago. Pastor Hawkins I say to you get it together because God is soon to come.

  6. First lady Patterson you have the mortgage papers to the church rent it out if they cut you off

  7. Bro. Boris Lenoir

    My God My God.. I Agree With everyone on Evan. Patterson Side. She is the sole owner of everything. Also Milton Hawkins should have never betrayed Bishop’s wife in such manner. But as Bishop has said many times If you can have it, God can heal it.

  8. What is wrong with the people of God in these days wakeup TOD. Sis. Louise deserves respect…….

  9. I believe that the Bishops Nephew Rev Hawkins, assumed that he was dealing with and a week minded female. From my understanding Evang. Patterson was hands off initially when Bishop Patterson died….. obviously she was grief stricken. Since then God has healed her broken heart and she is able to handle business.

    Evang Patterson, I will continue to pray that God gives you the strength to continue to expose the acts of the devil (Rev Hawkins) .

  10. I think the greedy so called first ladies of these churches ought to set down somewhere. Surely she can live on less than $25,000 per month. Maybe if she quit investing in those expensive hats and outfits she could sustain.

    Thank you.

  11. Debra,

    This story is old so I’m certain much has happened since it was first reported.

  12. BISHIP JOSEPH BROWN

    To everyone of the late bishop when one of gods great pastor has gone to glory the church should have voted for another great pastor with a good heart and desire to do gods work and not think about money because money is the ruler of all evil so to say sis patterson if i were pastor of that church im 48 years old agreat preacher and teacher i will respect the late bishop who and his lovely wife has build together in gods name i will as pastor let sister patterson take control of what ever she want in the church as long as im pastor and thats in the name of god. to say church get that nephew out of gods pulpit befor the devil take every to hell, god bless

  13. BISHIP JOSEPH BROWN

    Ok so hows the church now is things in order.

  14. Shocked Gregory

    So called Bishop, please please never post anything again ever!!! Your spelling and grammer are so horrible, that it is as though your speaking a language other than english. Come on now… Lawd Lawd!!!

  15. Bishop C Wesley

    If Even. Patterson want to see anything in that Ministry she should be allow!! It Horrible to see family. I fill that if Bishop did run it as one he has that right because he is the founder of it all. That does not mean that every pastor after him own it all. According to the comment everything is under Bountiful Blessings. Which First Lady Patterson is in control of so I say she has the Last say about what happen. @ Debra you should be ashamed of how you put your mouth of the Women of God. The Bible Teach us about that if she is wrong then let God deal with her Not YOU!

  16. BISHOP C. D. E.

    SAINTS, I BELIEVE IT GOES LIKE THIS: WHATEVER BISHOP PATTERSON WAS DOING THEN, IS WHAT PASTOR HAWKINS SHOULD BE DOING NOW. IF BISHOP PATTERSON JUST DRANK A GLASS OF WATER, THEN PASTOR HAWKINS SHOULD JUST BE DRINKING A GLASS OF WATER. PASTOR HAWKINS SHOULD ALSO REALIZE THAT IF HE CANT HANDLE BOTH THE CHURCH AND THE BUSINESS, APPOINT SOMEONE OVER THE BUSINESS. AND THE BEST PERSON FOR THAT IS LADY PATTERSON. SHE REALLY SHOULD HAVE LEFT THOSE FILES ALONE BECAUSE ITS OUT OF PLACE DUE TO THE FACT THAT HER HUSBAND IS NO LONGER THE PASTOR. I UNDERSTAND THAT HE’S THE FOUNDER; BUT WHEN HE LEFT THE CHURCH TO HAWKINS, HE DIDNT SAY KEEP SIS. PATTERSON AS THE FIRST LADY. AS MUCH AS WE ALL ENJOY HER KEEPING THE BROADCAST ON THE AIR, SHE HAS $25,000 TO DO WHAT EVER SHE WANTS. IF IM NOT MISTAKEN, I THOUGHT SHE SAID SHE WAS C.E.O. OF BB, IF THAT IS THE CASE, THEN THERE IS NO NEED TO SUE, JUST SEPARATE IT IN A HOLY AND LAWFULLY MANNER. ONCE SEPARATED, HAWKINS HAS NO RIGHT TO BOTHER BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS, EVEN IF ITS IN AN OFFICE BUILDING AT THE CHURCH ON 369 G. E. PATTERSON AVENUE. AND SHE HAS NO BUSINESS ASKING FOR FILES FROM TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE. HER BEING IN THE WAY HAS UPSET HIM AND CAUSED HIM TO THROW HIS WEIGHT AROUND, CAUSING HER TO FORGET HER ACTUAL POSITION AS OF NOW.

    NOW BISHOP BROWN, I MUST SAY: MONEY IS NOT THE RULER OF EVIL, BUT RATHER THE LOVE OF MONEY, I BELIEVE ITS IN 1 TIMOTHY 6:10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST. ALWAYS CAPITALIZE GODS NAME. I KNOW WE MEN DO THINGS SLOPPY, BUT ONE THING WE CANT BE SLOPPY ABOUT AND THATS THE GOD WE SERVE, PRAISE, WORSHIP, SING, READ, PREACH, AND TEACH ABOUT. I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE 48. IM JUST 23. BUT GOD IS WORTHY OF THAT BIG (G). YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT BISHOP. BUT IM NOT FUSSING OR HOLLERING AT ANYONE. IM JUST A VOICE CRYING OUT IN THE WILDERNESS; PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!

  17. BISHOP C. D. E.

    LET US ALL REMEMBER, ITS JUST OPINIONS. PATTERSON AND HAWKINS ARE NOT GONNA LISTEN TO US ANYWAY. IN MY OPINION DEBRA IS RIGHT ABOUT THOSE HATS. LOL. SO IF GOD GETS HER, HE’S GONNA HAVE TO GET US ALL. LOL.

  18. Minister Davis

    I’m ashamed that Bishop G.E. Patterson only left Mother Patterson with $25,000 a month. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. Bishop should have at least left her enough to get a new Bentley every year in her favorite color. And one more thing , when I think about all Mother Patterson has been through, it makes me sad to see her wear a less expensive hats. Mother I’m praying for your VICTORY IN JESUS NAME, because A feast is made for laughter, wine maketh merry, BUT MONEY ANSWER ALL THINGS. HALLELUJAH!!!

  19. its so sad to see this happening i hope and pray things get better and i know they will God sees all you better believe it and i know if he was here today (bishop that is) he would be displeased and if he would have know his nephew would have acted in such a manner, i’m sure he wouldn’t have appointed him pastor of his church they should have went with bro askew anyway

  20. Mr. Hawkins needs to be ashamed of himself taking advantage of a widow woman, cogic needs to quit disrespecting women and get saved, the problem is he, Hawkins, doesn’t like women , his arrogancy and the devil tells him that women are dirt under his feet. He needs to go somewhere and sit his behind down.

  21. Pastor Diana Scruggs

    may God continue to bless you Evang Patterson San antonio tex we love you continue on soldier