It was in 1975 that G.E. Patterson founded the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ which was also home to his Bountiful Blessings Ministries. Under the pastoral direction of Patterson, the Temple of Deliverance went on to become one of the largest churches within the Church of God in Christ denomination, boasting approximately 18,000 members. After being elected to serve as the Bishop of COGIC, G.E. Patterson helped to further the growth of the denomination. He served as bishop until his death on March 20, 2007.