Consider the last part of that definition: “…to avoid repeating the noun.”
Here’s a pronoun being used properly:
After Patrick read the letter, he was inspired to write this post.
The he is a pronoun that is used so I don’t have to use Patrick twice in the same sentence. It reads easier and makes perfect sense.
The pronoun problem I’m seeing, however, switches things around and works like this:
Patrick, he, read the letter and was inspired to write this post.
At least, I guess that’s how you’d have to punctuate the sentence to prevent someone reading the sentence from assuming you were telling Patrick someone else read the editorial and then wrote the post. But in that sentence, the he is unnecessary.
It doesn’t read well. It doesn’t clear up anything. If it accomplishes anything at all, it only confuses things.
You could (and should) rewrite that sentence this way:
Patrick read the letter and was inspired to write this post.
The pronoun works better in this case when it isn’t there at all.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.