Wesley M. (Pat) Pattillo, former national RCC president, dies December 22

Pat PattilloWesley M. (Pat) Pattillo, Jr. retired in 2011 after ten years as associate general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, an ecumenical ministry of 37 Christian denominations, based in New York City and Washington, DC.

Before joining the Council’s senior staff, Pattillo served for more than 30 years in leadership roles with three prominent Baptist educational institutions:

  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., 1965-86;
  • Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., 1986-94;
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, China, 1996-2001.

Pattillo earned AB and MA degrees in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia and Ohio State University.

He was national president of both Religion Communicators Council (1990-92) and Baptist Communicators Association. Pattillo also served as a North American board member for the World Association of Christian Communication (Toronto), which works for media justice, especially in developing nations.

In addition to earning professional accreditation (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America, Pattillo was elected to life membership in the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows in 1993.

Pattillo was a national trustee of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program in Washington, and served on both the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Communications and Society and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s PBS outreach summit.

He was president of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (New York City) and served with several interfaith organizations.

Pattillo died in Birmingham, Alabama on December 22, 2015 after a six month battle with leukemia.

A memorial service celebrating Pat's life will be held on Saturday, January 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Alabama.

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