Patton, Carl Safford was born on May 14, 1866 in Greenville, Michigan, United States. Son of James Lawrence and Sarah (Allen) Patton.
Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin, 1888. Graduate Andover Theological Seminary, 1892. Doctor of Divinity, Oberlin College, 1908.
Doctor of Divinity, Williams College, 1933. Doctor of Philisophy, University of Michigan, 1913.
Ordained Congleton ministry, 1892. Pastor Auburn, Maine, 1892-1901, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1901-1911, 1st Church, Columbus, Ohio, 1911-1917. Pastor 1st Church, Los Angeles, California, 1917-1926 and 1929-1933.
Professor homiletics and practical theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1926-1929. Professor homiletics, Pacific School of Religion, since 1933. Moderator National Council Congressional Churches, 1931-1933, General Council Congressional and Christian Churches, 1931-1934.
Author: Truth in Small Packages, 1909. Sources of the Synoptic Gospels, 1913. Religion in the Thought of Today, 1924.
The Use of the Bible in Preaching, 1936. The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, 1938. Two Minute Stories.