Levi and Sissy endured a number of traumatic experiences during 2012. They lost a daughter to sudden infant death syndrome and another child through miscarriage. Then in November, Levi sustained first-, second- and third-degree burns over 14 percent of his body.
He spent around three and a half weeks in the Integris Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City. He has health insurance, but his policy has a sizable deductible; and he has not been released to return to work yet. In fact, he is still receiving wound care.
The Pattersons’ first medical bill was for $156,000—and the healthcare totals are expected to mushroom in the near future.
Admission to the concert is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted; and all proceeds will go to Levi and Sissy to assist with medical expenses.
An evening ofThe program will feature the following artists:
music and inspiration
music and inspiration
• The Matt Bernard Family—This family has been ministering for the past 29 years in the areas of pastoring, preaching, evangelizing and singing.
“We have devoted our lives to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and doing all we can to reach the lost for Him,” noted Matt Bernard. “Our children have always been a big part of our ministry; and we are blessed, as they have gotten older, to have them and their families continue ministering with us.”
The family pastors the Pecan Street Church of God in Duncan and participates in singings and concerts as the opportunity arises.
“Our family music,” said Bernard, “consists of a full band and family harmony.” They perform “Southern gospel with a progressive touch,” he added.
Bernard stressed that the ministry’s mission is “to reach all we can for Jesus, before it’s too late.”
• Victory Road Ministry—The founders of this ministry are Rick and Julie Neathery, former pastors of Marlow’s Gospel Tabernacle Church. The couple were pastors at Gospel Tabernacle for close to six years and have strong ties to Levi Patterson and other members of the church.
Currently leading the flock at the House of Prayer in Newark, Texas, the Neatherys have been pastoring and evangelizing since their marriage in 1985.
Other members of Victory Road include their daughter and son-in-law, Bethany and Tim Anderson, along with Harold Norris, who has been ministering in song with the Neatherys for 30 years, as well as with other friends from time to time.
Through the years, the Neatherys have appeared in concerts with such groups as the original Hinsons, the Hemphills, Gold City, The Hoppers and many others. Their hearts’ desire is to serve the Lord and help others.
• Trinity—This trio of vocalists from southern Oklahoma consists of Cecile Adams, Terry Gardner and Dustin Gardner. They have been performing together in church for more than 15 years and as a group for seven.
Terry Gardner and her husband David pastor New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Lone Grove. Their son Dustin, also a member of Trinity, pastors Christ Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Fox. The third member of the trio, Cecile Adams, is a teacher’s assistant and attends New Hope.
Trinity enjoys singing for the Lord, and they always say they do not entertain. Rather, they strive to minister to everyone through music.
• Angela Harrison—An ordained minister with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC), Harrison pastors the Covenant of Grace Church in Marietta. She and her husband Larry have five children, a son-in-law and two grandchildren. Angela is a sister to Ann Patterson, Levi’s mother.
She loves to sing for the Lord and claims that her evangelist parents taught her to sing first, then talk. Her roots are in Southern gospel, but she now sings mostly contemporary Christian music. She will be releasing her first recording as a solo artist later this month.