Patterson earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in religious studies from the University of Georgia. During his master's program he taught courses in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and in World Religions. He has presented papers on the epistle of James and contemporary celebrations of the Passover holiday. He also worked for several years as a tutor for the Athletic Association at UGA and is interested in issues concerning student athletes. As a student in the Institute of Higher Education he plans to research issues related to religious studies in public higher education including but not limited to learning outcomes assessment, programs assessment, service learning, and organization and governance. He serves as a graduate assistant for the Governor's Teaching Fellows program, which serves faculty from all colleges and universities in Georgia.