Welcome to Charleston’s oldest house of worship, serving our community since 1819. As pastor of Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, I want to greet you on behalf of this community of faith. Everyone is welcome here!
In the fourth chapter of Ephesians we read that “…some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” Notice that there is no hierarchy of roles. All of us are laborers in God’s kingdom. And, each of us is called on to “build up” the person next to us. We do not grow in isolation, but in our mutual instruction to each other. What a wonderful vision we are given for ministry.
What gifts do you have? I invite you to share them at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church. Through Fellowship, prayer, discussion, and worship we seek to equip each other for ministry to the glory of our risen Lord.
May the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! – Patterson
W. Patterson Lyles
Patterson was born in West Virginia to parents Dr. John S. & Carter P. Lyles in 1959, but only lived there for the first five years of his life. His father John a Presbyterian pastor as well, moved a number of times during Patterson’s childhood. After graduating from high school in Tampa, he attended college at William and Mary and then attended seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Since graduating from seminary, he has served a yoked field in Rowland, NC, as well as congregations in Norwood, NC, La Grange, TX, Tullahoma, TN, and now Kanawha United Presbyterian Church in Charleston. In total Patterson has served the Church for nearly 30 years and recently celebrated his tenth year at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church!
He is married to Terri, and they have two grown sons, Joshua and Zachary.