who we are
Rev. Harry (Bill) Van Patten, Connection Pastor
Pastor Bill is a people person with a good sense of humor! He cares about people and the things they go through in life. Raised in Michigan but not growing up in a Christian home but in the world, he can relate to many of the hurts and struggles families face today. His first introduction to Jesus Christ came from a caring neighbor at the age of 30 years old. This began his exciting adventure with Christ!
He moved his family to Iowa to attend a small Bible college, Vennard Collage, and in 1985 graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministries. He pastured for 25 years on the Iowa District where he also held several district positions. After retiring in 2010, the Van Pattens moved back to Michigan.
His love and concern for people has also taken him on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Africa.
Pastor Bill married his teenage sweetheart, Susan, and they have been blessed with three daughters and six grandchildren. The Van Pattens come to CCN with a vast variety of experiences that will be used to further the Kingdom of God in the Clare area including leading a yearly parenting class entitled, “Growing Kids God’s Way”.