This is the first biography of a major female Pentecostal minister who founded a private college in California. "Dr. Bebe Patten and Her Place in American Higher Education" traces the life, ministry, and educational career of a significant woman in the Pentacostal movement who began with a faith commitment to "Preach the Word" and who ultimately joined a cadre of women across American history who founded important institutions of higher education in the United States. This indeed is a life story complete with successes and defeats, great accomplishments and failures, moments of great joy and times of terrible sorrow. Because the university she founded is a faith-based school, it was important to trace Dr. Patten's belief system and practices, especially because these became touchstones that guided the teachings and conduct within the organizations she founded. Although Dr. Patten initially set out to faithfully fulfill her divine calling to ministry, through her life accomplishments, Dr. Patten laid hold of a significant place in American higher education.