Celebrating the life of Pastor Paul Bates
July 27, 1952 – October 11, 2003
Pastor Paul Bates joined the staff of
Trinity Fellowship Church in April of 1989. Over the past fourteen years, Pastor
Paul has served TFC and the Lord faithfully in many areas of ministry and
oversight, including: Eldership, Bethesda Outreach Center, Pastoral Care,
Benevolence, Counseling, LIFE groups, and most recently the Usher/Sentinel
ministry. He was also actively involved in the “Walk To Emmaus” ministry for
Pastor Paul loved Jesus. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord and His Kingdom. Paul was a loving husband and father to his wife, Cathy, daughters Jennifer and Emily, and his son-in-law, Ollie Smithwick III. The Bates family have been members of TFC since 1988.
Pastor Paul has been described as a “behind-the-scenes” man, always cloaked in humility. This humble spirit was never more apparent than in Paul’s oversight of the Usher/Sentinel ministry. The love and respect shared between Paul and his men on the Usher/Sentinel team was like that of a father and his sons, with a strong bond of brotherhood among the men. Paul instilled love, dedication, and a true servant spirit in these men.
“Pastor Paul set
an example for us to walk in a Christlike way,” said sentinel overseer Larry
Miles. “Proverbs 27:17 says, ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens
another.’ Pastor Paul sharpened many men throughout his lifetime.”
"Paul was such a tremendous warrior in this camp and a servant of God...He was one of my mighty men for the last several years, and he has stood by my side. We will miss him terribly."
- Jimmy Evans
In Colossians, the Apostle Paul describes the character of a man of God: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV).
This is the character of Pastor Paul Bates. He had the most tender and kind heart, serving others with humility and peace. But, above all, he did everything in the love of Christ. His wonderful life touched so many.
“Paul was such a tremendous warrior in this camp and a servant of God,” said Pastor Jimmy Evans. “He was one of my mighty men for the last several years, and he has stood by my side. We will miss him terribly.”
Loved and respected by all who knew him, Pastor Paul Bates leaves behind a legacy in the lives of countless men and women. Paul’s life on this earth may have ended, but his ministry lives on, and we can rejoice in his new life in heaven. Even in our sorrow, we say with confidence and conviction, We miss you so much, yet we look forward to the day when we will see you again, our dear brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity Fellowship Church. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Bates was born to Janet and Milton Bates near Pittsburgh. He grew up in Marion, Ind., with siblings, Louise, Janet, Nancy and James. He married Cathy Jacob in Amarillo in 1972 and cherished her for 31 years.
They were houseparents at Christian Children's Home in Erie, Ill. Paul received his bachelor of arts degree in sacred literature at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo. He later earned two master's degrees and a doctorate from CLST.
Paul worked at Trinity Fellowship Church, where he served as a pastor. His life's ministry included administration at Bethesda Outreach Center, family counseling, coordination of life groups, usher/sentinel service, and Golden Spread Emmaus Community.
Paul was a friend of God and an investor in the lives of men. In the words of Psalm 25:14, Paul was entrusted with the secrets of the Lord. He worshipped in spirit and in truth. He was the prophet, priest and king of his home. With passion, he walked out the details of his life with integrity.
He lived 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Paul loved us the way Jesus loves the church, served us with graciousness and humility, and discipled us with wisdom from the Holy Spirit. He did all of these things with excellence. His handshake was cowboy firm. His smile was always sincere.
We have lost the prophet, priest and king of our home; a man who could shed a tear with the compassion of Jesus. He is our hero and we are richer for having known him.
His wife; daughters, Jennifer and Emily; son-in-law, Ollie; and many others who were dear to him, were with Paul when he died in Colorado Springs.
Survivors include his wife; parents; siblings; children; and numerous beloved friends and family.
Amarillo Globe-News, Oct. 14, 2003