FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The City of Fort Worth presented Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson with the prestigious “The Best is Yet to Come” Hero Award prior to its Jan. 14 meeting. The award is sponsored by the city, Score a Goal in the Classroom and BNSF Railway.

“This certificate is from the Office of the Mayor,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “And in appreciation for your outstanding leadership, the City of Fort Worth hereby recognizes Dr. Paige Patterson of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ Hero Award. Accomplishments like these go a long way in strengthening Fort Worth’s reputation as America’s most livable community and ensuring that we are recognized as one of the best places to live, work and serve.”

Ernie Horn, executive director for Score a Goal in the Classroom presented Patterson with two plaques, one for ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ Hero Award and another for outstanding leadership, as well as a proclamation from U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger.

Patterson addressed the mayor and city council members, thanking them for the honor and for their faithful service to the city.

“I know that the responsibility you have does not always make you popular, but I want you to know that there is never a time when the students, professors and administration of Southwestern Seminary are not praying for you,” Patterson said.

“Southwestern has been here for 105 years. … It is our great joy to live in the finest place in the world. My wife and I have been to 125 countries in the world. There are some that we like very much but no place anywhere close to Fort Worth.”