"The Lord has taken a mighty man of warrior home today."
That's just one of the thousands of comments that Action News 5 has received from the people who love Bishop G.E. Patterson. We've received an outpouring of reaction to his death that is unprecedented in the recent history of the television station.
Bishop Patterson presided over the Church of God in Christ, and he was one of the key reasons that membership in the denomination has grown to more 6.5 million people around the world. The letters we're reading here all have different details, but over and over people are saying these things: He was a man of God, a man of wisdom, a great leader, a visionary, a man who was humble and kind, and a man who inspired others.
And really, isn't that the measure of a great leader? We all have the ability to motivate those around us, but we also remain in awe of a person who could light the way for so many others.