Pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, N.C. Patrick L. Wooden, Sr. has devoted his life to serving God and the building up of His kingdom. Born in Rockingham, N.C., and saved at the very young age of 16, Wooden attended Fayetteville State University where he was called to preach the word of God. He later joined the Temple COGIC under the tutelage of Superintendent James H. Turner. In 1982, Pastor Wooden founded Lighthouse COGIC and served there for nine years. He has served for 18 years as pastor of Upper Room Church of God in Christ alongside his wife of 25 years, Pamela McNeil Wooden.
In 1992, due to the phenomenal growth of the ministry, God led him to build the first COGIC sanctuary in Raleigh. In 1996, he led the church in building its current sanctuary, a 2,000 seat edifice. Under his leadership the Upper Room church has reached a membership of more than 2,400 members, and is steadily growing.
Early in the ministry the Lord commissioned Pastor Wooden to build a Christian school for children to receive the highest quality education, free of the world’s humanistic ideologies, while providing for their total development. Students 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 2001, with the completion of the James H Turner Educational Building, a 66,000 square foot facility.
The Upper Room Christian Academy and Preschool is housed on the 16 acre campus of the Upper Room COGIC. The academy has a fully equipped, NBA regulated gymnasium. The state-of-the-art computer lab is utilized for technological training and advancement. The academy has a spacious media center, a commercial cafeteria, and a highly qualified faculty and administration. This Christ centered place of excellence provides a full range of educational and extracurricular opportunities under-girded by the teaching of Biblical principles.
Pastor Wooden has been the recipient of numerous awards for his continuous efforts to support people and the community. These awards include, but are not limited to, the “Humanitarian of the Year” award and the “Religious Leader of the Year” award. His allegiance to Christianity esteems him as a great Christian apologist and places him on the frontlines of religious battles where he continues to promote Jesus Christ into all spectrums of society. His involvement in societal issues such as fighting the homosexual agenda, protecting traditional marriage and the Keeping Christ in Christmas Campaign, has carried him into mainstream media. Most recently and notably, he has been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and The O’Reilly Factor. Pastor Wooden serves as superintendent of the Greater Central District and is the administrative assistant to Bishop Leroy J. Woolard in the Greater North Carolina jurisdiction. A renowned national speaker, Wooden is known for his uncompromising preaching and teaching of messages that transcend all cultural and denominational barriers. He is a pastor, teacher, evangelist, prolific conference speaker and builder of strong men who boldly preaches about issues that affect today’s society.
First Lady Pamela Wooden, is a renowned and active leader within the ministry. She is the director of the women’s ministry, which has 22 auxiliaries. She serves as the vice president and oversees the human resources and administrative departments. She is the president of the board of directors for the Upper Room Christian Academy & Preschool with a staff of 50 employees that is steadily growing.
First Lady Wooden is also a sought after speaker in the area of women’s ministry. Many souls, women in particular, have been saved, healed and enlightened by her unique and insightful delivery of the word of God. She is full of wisdom and God has truly gifted her to deal with the issues that affect women. She considers her greatest accomplishment to be her successful marriage to a wonderful and powerful man of God and the rearing of their two children, Crystal and Patrick Jr. She is saved and loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart. She and Pastor Wooden truly live by the principle of GOD FIRST.