Dr. Patterson, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,
Wake Forest, N.C., since 1992, is generally regarded as one of the
architects of the conservative resurgence in the SBC, which began
Patterson is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene,
Texas, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned
both his master's and doctor of theology degrees.
Throughout his ministry, Patterson, who began preaching at the
age of 14, has visited many different countries spreading the gospel
through revival crusades, missionary assignments and study tours.
He has extensive editorial experience and served as the managing
editor of "The Believer's Study Bible."
Prior to joining Southeastern Seminary, Patterson served as president
of The Criswell College and associate pastor of First Baptist Church
in Dallas for 17 years. Before going to Dallas, Patterson pastored
churches in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.