Deacons Ministry at FBCP, 2020-2021

Our new church year began October 1 (delayed from our typical start date of June 1 due to COVID-19). The role of deacons at FBCP is, according to our by-laws, “to serve as undershepherds of the Church, to concern themselves with the spiritual welfare of the Church, and to serve with the Pastor as co-laborers.” Each deacon is assigned a flock, and everyone in the church family (active participants and members) are part of a deacon flock. Deacons will reach out to their flock members from time to time, and flock members are encouraged to contact your deacon if you have a spiritual concern or would like prayer or support from the church in some way. During the 2020-2021 Church Year, we will be featuring a deacon each month in our newsletter. This will be a way for our church family to get to know our deacons.

Deacon of the Month · October · Dr. Cheryl Patterson

Cheryl is currently serving as chair of the FBCP Deacon Council, which means her “flock” includes the deacons and their families. Cheryl and her husband Wayne have been members of FBC Pendleton since 1978. During this time, they have both served in a variety of leadership and service roles. They are frequently seen in the community working with the Hands On Mission team to build ramps and complete other projects for our neighbors. Cheryl retired in 2010 from Furman University Department of Business and Accounting where she taught Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Strategic Management, and other courses. Cheryl and Wayne are both originally from Alabama where they attended the University of Alabama. They have two children: Mark and his family live in Birmingham, Alabama and Kristen and her family live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to serving at FBC Pendleton, Cheryl is also active with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, and recently served as Moderator during 2019-2020. Cheryl’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”