GPTS notes the sudden passing of Thomas R. Patete, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and executive director of Great Commission Publications for the past 34 years. Great Commission is the joint publishing ministry of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and PCA.
He was a close friend of GPTS President Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.
Rev. Patete died on Dec. 14 from a brain aneurysm suffered two days earlier. He was 71. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane; two children, Amy and husband Tim Gresham, and Robert Patete and wife, Christine; grandchildren, Seth, Paige and Ellie Gresham, and Annalise, Carlisle and Jesse Patete; a brother, Billy; and sister, Judi (Horton).
An overflow crowd packed the sanctuary of Old Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Duluth, Ga. to hear tributes to Rev. Patete and to be reminded of the Christian hope for eternal life with Christ.
Tom received his B.A. from Belhaven College in 1964 and his Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in 1967. He began his ministry as assistant pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., and pastored churches in Winona, Miss. and Marks, Miss.