Dr. James Dobson Radio Broadcasts

Aug 12

The Woman's Role in Marriage

Guest: Dr. Dorothy Patterson

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  • Solid Answers for Questions on Marriage Website
  • Resources on Marriage Website

In a progressive culture, it’s easy to forget the biblical roles that God has clearly defined for men and women. Learn why it’s so important to embrace those roles as God’s grand design - especially the role of wife and mother. It’s a lesson of encouragement for this “divine assignment”.


Dorothy Kelley Patterson resides with her husband Paige Patterson, the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, at Pecan Manor in Fort Worth, Texas. She describes herself as first and foremost a homemaker, and that task has always commanded her priority in time, energies, and creativity. Dr. and Mrs. Patterson are proud of their children: son Armour and his wife Rachel are living in Arizona; daughter Carmen and her husband Mark Howell reside in Houston, Texas, with their daughters, Abigail Leigh and Rebekah Elizabeth.

Dr. Patterson has traveled to more than 75 countries; she met with Pope John Paul in his private apartment in the Vatican; she served as Chair for President Ronald Reagan's Presidential Bible Committee and was received in the Oval Office; she has had coffee with former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in his Knesset office; she's been the guest of Yaser Arafat at a midnight banquet in Saddam Hussein's palace guest house in Baghdad.

Dr. Patterson is a widely used free-lance writer and speaker. Currently she is Professor of Theology in Woman's Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Family, BeAttitudes For Women, A Woman Seeking God, A Handbook for Parents in Ministry, and A Handbook for Minister's Wives published by Broadman Press and Where's Mom?, published by Crossway books. She is also the General Editor for The Woman's Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson. She regularly contributes chapters and articles to books, journals, and periodicals.