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  • Writer's picturePaige Patterson

I was wrong again



Only too well I recall saying to Dr. Mark Ballard, “No, you cannot build a new Christian College in southern Vermont. Do not even try. As gifted as you are, this is impossible!” Now, I have returned about ten years later from Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, Vermont. Incredible!


Every morning for a week I enjoyed breakfast with a different student. Bright, extraordinarily well tutored, enthusiastic, young men of remarkable integrity, and soul-winners everyone! They carry on lively conversations about their insights in biblical languages, discuss insights into contemporary theology, and spar with the best on the ethical questions of the era.

As if that were not enough, this semester alone students and highly qualified faculty have led more than five hundred men and women to Christ during this school year.


Last night, the school sponsored a game banquet and was long suffering enough to have skeptic Patterson to speak. Forty-seven men received Christ as Savior in Bennington, Vermont. There hasn’t been that much excitement in Bennington since the Green Mountain Boys fought in the Revolutionary War.


Is my face red? Yes, delightfully embarrassed I am. Maybe when I get to heaven I will not have to constantly be chiming, “I was wrong.” Oh yes, the professors and Ballard haven’t been paid about half the time. What sacrifices all have made along with their families! But they are about the happiest faculty I ever beheld anywhere. Students have come from more than twenty states and literally from all over the world.


Would you join me in expressing thanksgiving to God for raising up an evangelical college in New England? Would you pray that this dedicated faculty and staff will never have to go home to their families again confessing that there is no paycheck this month?


Would you pray with me that God would honor all those times when President Ballard says to a student, “Son, I know you have not a cent to your name. God has called you to preach; so come on and God will provide.” After all, President Ballard himself, the ninth child of a poor Colorado family, became a church planter and now a college president, having penned a fascinating dissertation on the preaching of D.L. Moody of Northfield, Massachusetts, only a few miles from Bennington.


Yes, I was wrong again. I just temporarily forgot how much God enjoys doing the inconceivable. Once again, I found myself watching Jesus take a few loaves and some small fish and feed a multitude. Oh the wealth of the riches and blessings of God! May we do our part to join hands with God in what He is doing at Northeastern Baptist College in New England.


Paige Patterson , President

Sandy Creek Foundation

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Scott Smith
Scott Smith
10 mei 2023

Praise God!! He sought wise counsel and did what he felt God told him to do. Sounds like something you would encourage someone to do. Praise God for the souls added to the Kingdom!

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Sammy Norman
Sammy Norman
09 mei 2023

God at work. Dr. Lindsey preached (The Iron Did Swim) every year for the Chest Of Joash. My God continue to bless this college.

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William David
William David
09 mei 2023

Dr. Patterson, your “mistake“

absolutely does not define you, nor diminish your status as a Great Man of God! Paul, a murderer, and persecutor of the church. David, a murderer, and adulterer, Miriam,

envious of Moses…

Nevertheless, these fallen saints were chosen and used greatly by the Lord, God!

Brother, Paige, welcome to our fallen, Christian family!

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Josiah Wambua
Josiah Wambua
09 mei 2023

I love this! Praise God!

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Jana Wright
Jana Wright
09 mei 2023

I love this! My husband and I were a part of this college in the beginning but had to move closer to family when he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia! Our heart is still there and we pray God will continue to pour out His Spirit on the college, and every student and faculty member!

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