Todd Patterson (Photo courtesy of Todd Paterson) 

When you look at Todd Patterson, you would never think that he was musician, gospel artist and the author of the book, The Testimony, The Message, and The Victory: Deliverance from Evil.

Like many young Black men, his teen years were filled with hustling, drugs and street culture. Patterson’s role model was his stepfather, a known pimp and gangster. Patterson found himself in dangerous and immoral situations because of this influence but he was able to get out of the street life trap. He got a legitimate job and soon was going to be a father again.

But things took a turn for the worse just before his son was born. The mother of his child and her mother were under the influence of what Patterson called a phony pastor from Chicago. It turned out that this pastor married his fiancé when she was 12, with her mother’s knowledge. All of this led to Patterson being set up for arrest by his fiancée and being jailed for a year.

But he emerged from all of that victorious. Read on to learn more about this talented artist.

Your life took a dramatic turn one day after you came home from work. What happened?

Basically, when my fiancé was six months pregnant with my son I came home from work one day and she was choking and turning blue and couldn’t breathe while her mother stood there as if nothing was happening. I shouted [to] call 911, one and I began to perform the Heimlich maneuver that I had no idea of what I was doing. She threw up and I asked her what happened she said she believed it was something she ate. I later found out her mother had given her something to induce her labor to get my son’s fetus or whatever it was they wanted. I then threw her mother out and two days later I heard her on the phone telling my fiancée that she must be quiet about everything.

You gave some startling information about your fiance’s past as well as her mother. What did you find out?

My fiance was previously married at the age of 12, with her mother’s consent, to a phony Chicago pastor. This pastor had many followers who obeyed his will and carried out his instructions. My fiancee had 10 pregnancies and her mother, who was a midwife, attended each delivery. However, out of those pregnancies, eight were supposedly miscarriages, but no one ever saw the evidence of those miscarriages.

What went through your mind when you found this out?

That’s when I realized I was dealing with some sick demonic stuff. Later, when she was eight months pregnant she went back to her old house to retrieve some of her valuables. It was then her brother attacked her, pouring oil all over her body to force [her to go into] labor or [have a] miscarriage. To my understanding, he was instructed to retrieve my unborn son at the direction of the pastor from Chicago.

What happened after that?

At that time I was furious and was about to kill every one of them. I called my mother and told her what I was going to do and she told me if I did that I would never ever see her, my other kids by my ex-wife, or my unborn child.  I became so worried about being locked up for the rest of my life, that I then put the gun down and went to stay with family.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.