Gilbert Earl Patterson was an American Pentecostal-Holiness leader and minister who served as the international Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Bishop G. E. Patterson was born September 22, 1939 to Bishop and Mrs. W. A. Patterson, Sr. in Humboldt, Tennessee. He has been a gospel Minister for over forty years, having accepted his calling at age 17. He was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in 1957 by Bishop J. S. Bailey in Detroit, Michigan. Bishop G. E. Patterson is a scholar as well as a minister. He attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, Detroit Bible Institute and holds an honorary doctorate from Oral Roberts University. Bishop Patterson is a contributing writer in the Spirit Filled Life Bible (KJV) which was edited by Dr. Jack Hayford.