Steve and Vickie Patteson stand at the reception in Steve’s honor for his 35 years of ministry (50 total) at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Augusta on Jan. 5. HILLCREST/Special
AUGUSTA — Friends and family joined others at Hillcrest Baptist Church Sunday, Jan. 5 to honor the ministry of Associate Pastor Steve Patteson upon his retirement.
Patteson, a Texas native from a family of doctors, didn’t plan on entering the ministry but once he did it led to 50 years of presenting the Gospel through music. Thirty-five of those years took place at Hillcrest in Augusta.
“I was always involved in singing,” he told The Augusta Chronicle of becoming a minister. “Every place I went, I had the opportunity to sing.”
In addition to Georgia, Patteson has served churches in Texas and South Carolina. His tenure in Augusta also lent itself to him serving as moderator of the Augusta Association of Baptist Churches, a member of various committees, and as member and president of the Fellowship of Ministers of Music. Other involvement includes conductor of both the Augusta Chamber Singers and Columbia County Choral Society. In his career he’s been part of The Singing Men of South Carolina, The Singing men of Texas, and The Fort Worth Opera.
“Steve has been solely committed to Hillcrest for the past 35 years, building relationships, loving, teaching, leading, guiding, and pointing others to the Lord along the way,” said Mellisa White, a member at Hillcrest. “His sense of humor, knowledge of Scripture, and willingness to allow the Lord to use him wherever needed have given him a very successful ministry here.
“His willingness to speak the truth in difficult situations, share his gift of music, and teach the Gospel to all who would listen are truly blessings that have shaped and blessed Hillcrest over the past 35 years.”
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. issued a letter of commendation for Patteson and his contributions to the city.
“Your 35 years of service at Hillcrest Baptist Church as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music is deeply appreciated,” the statement read. “Your wife Vickie and your family have joined in supporting your dedication to your calling and have greatly contributed to your success.
“… On behalf of the City of Augusta, I congratulate you on this milestone achievement and extend my deepest appreciation for your devoted service. Best wishes for an enjoyable retirement.”
White joined the mayor in applauding Patteson’s family for their support.
“His wife, Vickie, and his family have been willing to allow him to be dedicated to his ministry, and they have joined in his ministry along the way,” she said.
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.