In the Beginning...
In obedience to the heavenly vision, True Vine Temple was established on November 4, 1996, located at 1531 Russell Street, Orangeburg, South Carolina, founded by Pastor Jimmy Patterson and First Lady Vera Patterson. However long before November 4, 1996, God was preparing Elder J.L. Patterson for his Pastoral assignment through the teaching and preaching of great women and men of God such as mother W.M. Haynes, Dr. J.M. Lakin, Dr. Salley L. Campbell, and others. After much fasting and praying and being made to realize the heavenly call for their lives, Elder Patterson and Sis. Vera, hearkening to that call, took a step of faith and established the True Vine Temple Ministry at its present address.
In 1997, First Lady Vera Patterson was called home to be with the Lord. Although the timing seemed bad, God continued to sustained us and kept us moving towards our divine destiny. The Lord continues to move in a mysterious way and his wonders to perform. Observe God’s move! He had a building with little money and nothing to go in it! But God moved. He touched Dr. M. L. Jacobs’ heart and her ministry seeded a pulpit set, a drum set, and enough seats to fill up the sanctuary with some remaining seats. Another ministry seeded a PA system, another ministry a Hammond Organ. Look at God move. Philippians 1: 5-6, (For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.) KJV To God be the glory!
For almost seven years we were without a first lady, but we were not without God! The Word makes us to know that weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. True to His word, on December 27, 2003 his morning came. Pastor Patterson and Evangelist Barbara Langley were united in Holy Matrimony. Oh what a relief it was!! As with Jabez, God enlarged his boundary. He went from two children to six.
God continues to supply the ministry with those who have a heart to do a work for the Lord. Little can become much in the Master’s hand. Because the people have a mind to work, the sanctuary has been renovated inside and out. We now have a fully equipped kitchen, computer lab, new sound system, new church van, new church chairs, new carpet, new face lift on the outside, and many more improvements to the house of God. Our theme this year, “2008 Entering Into a Year of New Dimensions” epitomizes the central thrust of our growth and our many accomplishments.
True Vine Temple remains firmly committed to spread God’s plan of salvation around the world. Our mission is to preach, teach and model God’s Word to people through the leading of the Holy Spirit for the imminent appearing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.