"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ"
Nearly 38 years ago a man named G. E. Patterson had a vision to do a great work for God and with a God-given gift of the five fold ministry he would be known as one of the greatest preachers in Christendom. With an assignment to preach the gospel and equipped with the gift to lead people to Christ, Apostle G. E. Patterson left his position as co-pastor with his father at Holy Temple COGIC and ventured out to fulfill his purpose in life. Apostle Patterson purchased a building formerly known as Mount Vernon Baptist Church at 547 Mississippi Boulevard and founded Bountiful Blessings Deliverance Church on March 2, 1975. On opening day 436 people became members of the new church, and by 1977 the membership had grown to over 2000 members.
In 1978 because of exceptional growth a new edifice was constructed and on October 8, 1978 Apostle Patterson and the members of Bountiful Blessings Deliverance Church entered into their new sanctuary (the white & gold building). Apostle G. E. Patterson would be recognized nationally by Jet Magazine as the first African American to build a church in the city of Memphis at a cost of more than one million dollars; however, the new sanctuary would only contain the overwhelming growth for a short period of time. As souls continued to be convicted by the word of God and the membership continued to grow the new 1200 seat sanctuary could no longer hold the members and there was once again a need for additional space.
As Apostle Patterson continued to preach the word of God the ministry continued to grow. In 1986 Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr. expressed his desires to see his nephew return to the Church of God in Christ and after prayerful consideration Apostle Patterson accepted his uncle’s invitation and returned to the Church of God in Christ, and the church that was known as Bountiful Blessings Deliverance Church was changed to Temple Of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ. Though the name of the church had been changed the power of God continued to rest upon Apostle Patterson and souls continued to be saved under his ministry. The overwhelming growth of the ministry caused the services to be overcrowded and in 1987 an additional wing was added and would be known as "the west wing" with a seating capacity of 600 people.
In 1988 Apostle Patterson was elevated to the office of Bishop in the Church of God in Christ and the man that the world knew as “God’s Young Apostle” became known as Bishop G. E. Patterson. Bishop Patterson continued to preach God’s word and countless souls continued to be saved and in 1992 Temple Of Deliverance COGIC purchased an additional location at 250 East Raines Road and became “one church in two locations.” The ministry continued to grow and once again there was need for yet another expansion and plans were drawn up for the facility that we worship in today known as "the worship center"
On May 30, 1999, Bishop Patterson and the members of Temple Of Deliverance COGIC entered into the worship center and dedicated the new edifice. The new worship center has a seating capacity of approximately 4500 people at a cost of $13 million dollars. Since the grand opening in 1999, the worship center has served as a place where the members gather to worship God and give thanks for the many blessings that He has given to the saints.
The founder of this ministry labored in this vineyard for over 30 years and built a foundation for Temple Of Deliverance by teaching and preaching the unadulterated word of God that will stand the test of time. The members of Temple Of Deliverance believe that “this is the church where Jesus is magnified and never ever compromised.” It was the dream of Bishop G. E. Patterson to see this ministry become debt free, but he was called from labor to reward on March 20, 2007 without seeing his dream come to fruition. At the demise of Bishop Patterson, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard Jurisdictional Prelate of Tennessee Fourth Jurisdiction became pastor and served the congregation until his appointment of Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins on July 20, 2007. Superintendent Hawkins work diligently along with the members of Temple Of Deliverance to liquidate the mortgage.
Although Bishop G. E. Patterson is not physically with us today, our pastor Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins along with the members of Temple Of Deliverance COGIC can proudly say that the dream of our founder has been fulfilled and the debt on Temple Of Deliverance has been retired as of September 2009. The foundation of this ministry has been laid and the members of Temple Of Deliverance will never forget the rich legacy that he left.