Meet Our Pastor & First Lady
Bishop Patrick L. Wooden, Sr.
Bishop Patrick Lane Wooden, Sr. has been saved and serving the Lord for more than 33 years. He has been in the pastoral ministry for over 28 years. He accepted Christ at the age of 16 and his life has been an example of what God can do when you give Him your whole heart at an early age. He attributes his success to God’s grace, mercy, and unmerited favor. He resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife of thirty years, Pamela McNeil Wooden. They have two adult children, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, plus another grandchild on the way!
- Is a founder and establisher of churches
In 1982, Minister Wooden was sent by his pastor, Sup't. James H. Turner, to start a work in the rural town of Candor, North Carolina. He began with a 6-week tent revival in the area. At the conclusion of the revival, he asked if any were interested in standing with him to start a church and 29 people stood to be part of the church that he later named The Lighthouse Church of God in Christ. Many of those who joined were saved during the tent revival. Bishop Wooden pastored in Candor for 9 years and built his first church there in 1983. The experience there was indeed training ground to prepare him and his wife for what the Lord had in store for them in the years to come.
- Is a leader in church growth and development
In 1987, after the death of his pastor, Sup't. James H. Turner, Bishop Wooden was called and appointed to pastor the Upper Room Church of God in Christ. At the time of his appointment, the church had approximately 150 members. The church was still mourning the death of their pastor and some were unsure of the capabilities of “this young preacher from Rockingham." As a result, some left, but many decided to stay and give him a chance. To date, Bishop Wooden has been the pastor of The Upper Room for more than 29 years. The membership now exceeds 3000 and is steadily growing. He is a builder of strong men which attributes to approximately 40% his congregation being male. Under his leadership, in 1992, they built the first COGIC sanctuary in Raleigh and in 1998, they built their current sanctuary, a 2,000 seat edifice. In addition, many new ministries and auxiliaries have been established to serve and meet the needs of the congregants and the sick, suffering and lost souls throughout the city and surrounding areas.
- Is a founder and builder of a Christian school
Early in the ministry, the Lord commissioned Bishop Wooden to build a Christian school where children could receive a high-quality education in an environment that would be safe and conducive to learning, yet free of the world’s humanistic ideologies. They would be taught to know the God of the Bible and the Glory of His Son, Jesus Christ. That vision became a reality in August of 2001, which marked the completion of the James H. Turner Educational Facility, a 66,000 square foot school. The Upper Room Christian Academy is on the 16-acre campus of the Upper Room COGIC.It has several spacious classrooms, a media center, a science lab and a state-of-the-art computer lab that is used for technological training and advancement. It also has a fully equipped, NBA regulated gymnasium and a spacious cafeteria with a commercial kitchen. To top it all off, great investments have been made to find and hire highly qualified faculty, staff, and administration. This Christ-centered place of excellence provides a full range of educational and extracurricular activities incorporated with the teaching of Biblical principles. The school served on average more than 500 children and youth annually. Initially, URCA served preschoolers age 2 through 6 years; eventually expanding to serve kindergarten through high school. Recently, in 2016, the decision was made to only serve preschool ages. Many of the children served are living out the mission and vision of the school by excelling biblically, academically and socially.
- Is a business man
Over the years, the church and school has provided employment for approximately 75 people on a full-time basis and 15 part-time. He is one of the largest African-American employers in Raleigh and has many affiliations with business and civic leaders in the city. He had earned a reputation for being a man of God who does business fairly and ethically.
- Has received national notoriety for his work and efforts
The North Carolina College of Theology recognized the work of Bishop Wooden and afforded him the opportunity to use some of his years of experience as credits in his pursuit of a Doctorate of Theology of which he received in June 2007. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his continuous efforts to support people and the community. His allegiance to Christianity and the God of the Bible esteems him as a great Christian apologist and places him on the front lines of religious battle, where he continues to promote Jesus Christ in all spectrums of society. His involvement in societal issues, such as fighting for the rights of the unborn, fighting against the homosexual agenda, protecting traditional marriage and the Keeping Christ in Christmas Campaign, has flooded him into mainstream media. He has been featured on various new outlets such as CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, the O’Reilly Factor and a host of local, national and international radio stations.
- Is a leader in the Church of God in Christ and beyond.
He serves as Superintendent of the Greater Central District and Executive Administrator to Bishop Leroy J. Woolard in the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Wooden is well-known and respected throughout the brotherhood. He is a renowned national speaker, known for boldly and uncompromisingly preaching and teaching about issues that affect today’s society. The message that God has given him transcends cultural and denominational barriers. He is the founder and president of Our Own Company Fellowship which is an association designed to be a haven, refuge and safe place for pastors, ministry leaders and their spouses who are looking for a place of relationship, support, strength and renewal as they fight the good fight of faith.
Bishop Wooden lives by the principle of GOD FIRST!
Our First Lady
First Lady Pamela Wooden
First Lady Pamela Wooden is a native North Carolinian who has been saved and serving the Lord for 38 years. She earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion from Liberty University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
First Lady Wooden is the proud wife of Bishop Patrick L. Wooden Sr., Pastor of Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have been married for over 35 years and are the parents of 2 adult children Crystal Amanchukwu (John) and Patrick Wooden Jr. She is also the super proud grandmother of John Patrick and Pamelyn Jewel.
First Lady Wooden is deeply involved in the work of the ministry, appropriately assisting her husband in numerous capacities for more than 30 years. Presently, within the local church, she serves as Vice President, Director of Women’s Ministries and President of the Board of Directors at Upper Room Christian Academy, of which she was instrumental in establishing in 1998. She also serves as President of the Superintendent’s Wives Circle and Vice President of the Women’s Department Executive Board in the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ. There she holds credentials as an Evangelist Missionary.
First Lady Wooden is a prolific speaker who passionately and gracefully addresses the issues that negatively impact the church today. God uses her particularly in the interests of woman, marriage, and leadership. Many lives have been blessed and enlightened by her unique and insightful delivery of the Word of God. She is know for her wit, wisdom and quite strength. She is truly gifted to lead and serve in today’s culture. Additionally, she believes that a part of her purpose in life is to be an adorner of the doctrine---a positive Christian influence for women in the generations to come.
First Lady Wooden is saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit and she loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart. One of the passages of scripture that directs her life is Proverbs 3:5, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
She also lives by the principles of GOD FIRST.