The greatest thing one human being can do for another is to lead them to Christ.  The man—a great man—who led me to Christ has gone to heaven tonight.   But there is so much more to say about David Patterson.
By divine providence he left Canada to attend Bethany Bible College. His extraordinary gift was recognized immediately.  He became student body president.  Upon Graduation he served at Teen Challenge in New York City.
David Wilkerson saw something special in David Patterson.  So much so, that Mr. Wilkerson took a chance on a very young man with limited experience and chose him to be his crusade director.
For the next 12 years David Patterson oversaw the administration of some of the greatest soul-winning crusades America has ever seen.

Years later—as only God could orchestrate it—David Patterson felt the call of God to come and direct our crusades.  The structure of Mario Murillo Ministries today still carries the architecture of this great man.
His mentorship was far more than just a crusade director.  He patiently helped forge a wild young evangelist.  Among the many things he did for me was to open a world to amazing books…and a friendship with David Wilkerson.
Many of your favorite pastors and evangelists know this man of God.  They have been enriched by his counsel and empowered by his example of a husband, father, and man of integrity.  Our loss is heaven’s gain.  Because he prayed with me I will see him in heaven along with a myriad of other souls he helped bring to Jesus.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.