From the DSN Newswire
Dr. Sheron C. Patterson has recently been named Director of Communications for the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, which is under the leadership of Bishop Earl W. Bledsoe. As Director of Communications, Dr. Patterson will oversee internal and external operations of the 310 United Methodist congregations located in the northern Texas region. Her new position becomes effective on July 1, 2010.
Dr. Patterson currently serves as the senior pastor of the Highland Hills United Methodist Church, located on Simpson Stuart Road. During her five-year pastorate there, numerous programs were created such as “Operation Uplift” a summer entrepreneurial program for at risk youth, and a community garden was developed in order to combat obesity and promote healthy eating among the congregation and the community.
A farewell worship celebration will be held in Dr. Patterson’s honor on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 10:00 am, at Highland Hills United Methodist Church, 3800 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas, Texas 75241. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Patterson holds the distinction of being was the first African American woman to be ordained in the North Texas region of the United Methodist Church. These extraordinary accomplishments landed Dr. Patterson a place of honor in the National Women’s Museum. She is a cancer survivor who believes in helping others survive on an international basis. Her achievements in helping others were saluted by Ebony magazine in its October 2009 edition.
In 2006 Dr. Patterson was diagnosed with breast cancer. She turned what could have been a tragedy into a triumph by taking the public with her every step of the way. She created a radio, print and television education/inspiration campaign to help others face their health issues head on. Some 2,000 women signed up for The Patterson Pledge, health program.
Dr. Patterson went on to found Brave Wellness, a health and wellness non profit that launched Breast Cancer Builds, a program that brings survivors of breast cancer together to build Habitat for Humanity houses and Mammograms for the Masses, which raises awareness about breast cancer prevention and raises funding to provide low income women with free mammograms. In 2007 Dr. Patterson began to collaborate with the U.S. State Department and host international delegations of breast cancer survivors for informational and inspirational visits. And in 2008, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert taped Dr. Patterson to serve as chair of the city’s Environmental Health Commission.
A sought after preacher, Dr. Patterson has spoken at the “Women Thou Art Loosed” conference with Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Hampton Ministers Conference. She is the author of eight books, a frequent columnist for The Dallas Morning News and has been featured on CNN, BET and the Oxygen Network.
Dr. Patterson holds an undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, two Masters Degrees and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dr. Patterson is married to Robert Patterson Sr. and together they have two sons, Robert Jr., and Christian.