Five Forks is a part of the Brethren in Christ denomination. The BIC denomination is divided into 8 different conferences based on geographic location. Five Forks belongs to the Allegheny Conference, and Rob Patterson carries the title of Bishop for our conference, providing leadership and oversight.
It is Rob’s goal to visit each of the 35 churches in the Allegheny Conference throughout the year; at times to bring the morning message, at other times to simply visit and sit in on a service.
Next Sunday, July 24th Bishop Rob will be here and bring the morning message in the 3 services held in the Auditorium. We will not be holding the 11:00 service in the Chapel in order to allow everyone to hear from the Bishop.
Rob is a third-generation member of the Brethren in Christ. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force (USAF) Officers Training School, USAF Squadron Officers School, and Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.).
Prior to his appointment as bishop in 2002, Rob pastored Canoe Creek BIC Church (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) for 12 years. During his time at Canoe Creek, Rob also served the denomination as a board member for BIC World Missions and was very active in the growth and church-planting initiatives of the Allegheny Conference.
A motivated, resilient leader with a big vision, Rob is passionate about prayer and building the body of Christ to be strong and healthy. He senses that the denomination has historically enjoyed God’s favor and believes that as we continue to seek Him with sincere hearts, His blessings will continue to pour out.
Rob and his wife, Daryl, live in Bedford, Pa., and have three children and three grandchildren.