Interim Director of Missions, Costa-Meda Baptist Association
This week you will meet Ken Patton, Interim Director of Missions for the Costa-Meda Baptist Association. He has faithfully served as the Lead/Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Concord for 19 years. In addition, he is part of the Cazadero Baptist Camp Board. Ken just turned his gavel in for a calculator, stepping back as the long reigning president, to now serve as the Board treasurer, sharing he’d rather just deal with the money (ha-ha)! Ken and his wife Isabel recently celebrated 41 years of marriage. The two of them met in a little Southern Baptist church in the Sierra Butte Association. They presently are raising their teenage grandson, one of 4 grandchildren in total. Ken enjoys watching various sports, from basketball (Golden State Warriors) to baseball (Oakland A’s – a team he has followed since he was eleven years old). He has a collection of Oakland A’s bobble heads he keeps showcased in his office.
1. What book are you currently reading?
Well, I’m reading through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. I’m teaching this at our church and it's taking me a fair bit deeper than I've recently gone. The people at our church seem to be enjoying it and we’ve grown our Wednesday night Bible study because of it. So, it's kind of interesting that people are enjoying such a deep subject to this level.
2. In-N-Out or Chick-fil-A?
My wife asked me what I would I say for this question! I think I'd say if the peach shake is in season and being served at Chick-fil-A, it’d be Chick-fil-A. But at any other time, I would probably go with In-N-Out. It's easier for me to get In-N-Out since the lines aren't long like they are at Chick-fil-A.
3. Tell us your best, ministry horror story.
Best ministry horror story… Oh, gosh… I guess one of my 1st times doing a baptism. I was an associate pastor. We as pastors try to prepare the person we’re baptizing with how far we will guide their head under the water. Well, the baptism itself was in one of those fiberglass baptistry tanks and I forgot to tell her that it was one where there’s a little slot to put your toes in. I think I may have gotten her head close to the bottom because as I started bringing her back up, I looked up and her legs were sticking up above the water. It wasn't immodest but I mean it was like, ‘oh my gosh!” you know? I was just thankful this happened before, and not now when everybody has a camera. Nobody was taking pictures, so it wasn't there for posterity.
4. What biblical character (other than Jesus) would you want to meet, and why?
Wow, I remember seeing this as a question, but I hadn't stopped to really think about it. I guess the apostle Paul. When I was in 7th and 8th grade, my family and I lived in İzmir, Turkey. We would go and visit different locations, particularly Ephesus. I remember walking and standing on the stage of the arena where they would have brought him (Paul) and had him before the public. My experience walking in that same area was much different than his first century experience, but still I think it'd be cool to talk with him.
5. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?
My wife is from Argentina, so I’d like to go to Argentina with her. But not to tango… I can’t tango.
6. What has been an evangelistic tactic that has worked best for you?
I think getting to know somebody and being personal with them. From the start, getting to know a person and where they are – in relation to their faith and beliefs – they can start lowering their guard and become ready to hear that conversation. Then you sort of earn a place to get to share with them about who Christ is. I guess it would come down to me not being a quick closer-- you know it’s sort of a time investment with people.
7. When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now and why?
The name Emmanuel. Just God with us, you know? I love the reality that God is not off somewhere in a distant galaxy. His presence is right with me.