Christopher Patten grew up in Arlington, TX with his dad and step mom. His mom lives in Granbury, TX.
Early on he struggled with turmoil and ridicule about his weight. His step mom would attack him with a multitude of verbal assaults. As a result, Christopher dealt with anger, depression and confusion as a child. Thoughts of suicide entered his mind. Trying to escape the hell he was living in he would visit his mom and siblings during the summer in Granbury. It was there that he saw his mom deal with drug addiction. As a mother that was sexually abused as a child her only coping method was drugs.
In 5th grade Christopher cut ties with his mom. Then a year later his step mother left his dad. Due to his fathers absence while not taking the split well he felt abandoned.
In the pain of it all he began to cry out to God.
Reconnecting with his mother he discussed with his dad the decision to relocate to his moms house. While living with his mother he was still a witness to his mothers mental and physical abuse. He went to court and moved in with his grandparents. At this time he got into a bit of legal trouble and looking at felony charge Christopher was facing a juvenile facility. Being blessed with a second chance he got inner school suspension. Never being able to let go of the lust, drugs, and drink Christopher still spiraled out of control.
An invitation from his friends Taylor and Callie to attend church allowed his life to take a turn for the better. Being witness to sermons that pulled at his emotions and worship music that soon began to open up his heart to hearing Gods voice he took Gods lead giving his all to Him.
As a freshman he was called to preach knowing he was meant for more. In 2016 he got involved in a student led rally. He and his friends recently led "Converge," an event that brought Christ into the hearts of thousands of students lives. He is also a co-creator of Slain clothing brand along with his friend Ben.
“Converge” is a youth led rally set up by different ministries that “Revive” students lead. It is a yearly event created to minister particularly to students. “Revive” is a non profit student led ministry created by students who aren't satisfied with the status quo of the mediocre church and faith that can be common today. They desire to see their entire generation set on fire as well as awakened to the true faith and love of God. Christopher preaches and leads worship at “Revive.”
Through “Revive” they organize events around town to bring other students and adults to the cross. “Slain” is a line of clothing that helps with these ministries as well as allowing anyone to wear the message of Jesus.
I personally sought out Christopher as my first spotlight segment recipient because of his moms love and pride for her son. His will to overcome and be a light in a town that I grew up in. His fight and testimony reminded me of 1 Peter 5:10 "and the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."
We here at OmniGod thank you Christopher for your fire and will to want to change lives where you see them.
Phillip Rosas is an Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.