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Bebe Patten

Born: Sep 13, 1913

Death: Jan 25, 2004

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Bebe Patten

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1913
Date of Death : Jan 25, 2004
Birth Place : United States of America

Bebe Patten was the founder of Patten University, Patten Academy, Christian Cathedral and the Christian Evangelical Churches of America, Inc. denomination. Born Willa "Willie" Bebe Harrison on September 13, 1913 to Newton and Matricia Priscilla Harrison, she began attending L.I.F.E. Bible College at seventeen, and upon graduation from L.I.F.E., became the Tennessee State Evangelist of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. In the summer of 1932 Bebe married Alton Bowman but the couple was divorced at the end of 1933. Bebe conducted revival campaigns as a "girl evangelist" first with Lettie Harper and later with Mabel Lawson. Both of these co-workers were also graduates of L.I.F.E. Bible College. In 1935, Bebe Harrison married C. Thomas Patten, who worked with her during her evangelistic crusades and her Oakland revival services. Bebe and Carl were ordained by the Fundamental Ministerial and Layman Association on July 6, 1937. The Temple Lighthouse Church in Cleveland, Ohio, the church of which Bebe and Carl were pastors, was also a FMLA-member church.

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