Two girls and a boy . . .


On Sunday morning, June 28, 1970, the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville, Ark., had a special called church business meeting and a vote during the morning worship service. The purpose of the business meeting was to elect a new pastor.

The week before, the pulpit committee announced their selection to the church and published a brief biography of the pastoral candidate in the church bulletin. It reads:

Paige Patterson will be our preacher Sunday. He is a young man of intelligence, advanced education, and rich and varied experience in ministry. His ministry is far beyond his twenty-eight years.

He began preaching at the age of fifteen after having felt that God was calling him to preach since nine years of age. His first pulpit was a Bowery Mission in Beaumont, Texas.

After his ordination by the First Baptist Church of Beaumont, at the age of sixteen, he went on an overseas preaching mission. During that trip, he preached in Japan, Korea, Tawin (sic), Thailand, Hong Kong, and Lebanon and visited mission points in many other lands. He returned to Japan in 1963 for a series of revivals in connection with the New Life Movement.

He has pastored three churches during his years as a student. He received his B.A. degree from Hardin-Simmons University, his Th.M. degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and will receive his Th.D. frm (sic) N.O.B.T.S. in May, 1971.

He is a serious student of the Bible and makes skillful applications of its message to contemporary life and problems.

He has the capacity, dedication, and zeal to lead people to spiritual knowledge and application. He believes that the primary mission of the local church is reconciliation of man to God and that this will inevitably result in the Christian activity which God expects of each of us who trusts him.

His wife, Dorothy, is most attractive and pleasing in personality. She has a Master’s Degree in Theology from N.O.B.T.S. Her desire is to complement her husbands (sic) ministry. They have three children, two girls and a boy.

The Pulpit Committee has carefully considered the many persons you have suggested. After earnest consideration and prayer we believe, unanimously, that we have been led to ask Paige Patterson to preach in view of a call to be our pastor, upon your approval.

Sunday is a day of unusual significance for our church. May we all come prepared by prayer, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Pulpit Committee.

7 thoughts on “Two girls and a boy . . .

  1. Yes I am curious. Whatever became of the other girl we never hear about. We know about Armour and his sister, who is a pastor’s wife, but about the other daughter?

      1. Oh, I assumed you were. (I don’t remember the last time I thought you failed to do your research.) I just can’t figure out what’s going on. When is the explanation coming?

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