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Welcome from the General Board

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” Psalm 20:16

Welcome to the home page of the General Board of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. The men selected to lead the Church were chosen by God and the membership of the Church Of God In Christ. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Church leadership and the important role they have in leading God’s people.


The Role of the General Board

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12) KJV

The General Board of the Church of God in Christ, Inc (COGIC) is responsible for establishing and executing policies for the membership, as well as sustaining and perpetuating spiritual order within the Church. These twelve bishops, chosen from the Board of Bishops, are voted into office by the General Assembly for a term of four years. Executive decisions made by the General Board are final unless revoked or modified by the General Assembly.  The General Board convenes three times a year for official meetings in the months of April, November and at the time the presiding bishop deems necessary.

The Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ is Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church Of God In Christ in Los Angeles, CA.  Through his leadership the board has continued its vision which is based on Titus 1:5, in which the Apostle Paul appointed Titus to lead the people of Crete as an elder. Bishop P.A. Brooks, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop and Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop serve as Presiding Bishop Blake’s special aides on the General Board.

As the spiritual leadership of 6.5 million members worldwide, the Church Of God In Christ General Board has a Pentecostal vision to carry out a message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.


Members of the General Board

 

 

 

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The Right Reverend
Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Los Angeles, California

 

 

 

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The Right Reverend
Phillip Aquilla Brooks, II
First Assistant Presiding Bishop
Prelate, Michigan Northeast
Detroit, Michigan

 

 

 

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The Right Reverend
Jerry Wayne Macklin
Second Assistant Presiding Bishop
Prelate, NorCal Metropolitan
Hayward, California

 

 

 

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The Right Reverend
Roy Lawrence Hailey Winbush
Assistant Secretary to the General Board
Prelate, Louisiana First
Lafayette, Louisiana

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The Right Reverend
George Dallas McKinney
Prelate, California Southern Second
San Diego, CA

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The Right Reverend
Nathaniel Wyoming Wells
Prelate, Michigan Western
Benton Harbor, Michigan

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The Right Reverend
Sedgwick Daniels
Prelate, Wisconsin Southeast First
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Right Reverend
Frank O. White
Prelate, New York Eastern Third
New York, New York

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The Right Reverend
J. Drew Sheard
Prelate, North Central
Detroit, Michigan

 

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The Right Reverend
Brandon B. Porter
Prelate, Tennessee Central
Memphis, Tennessee

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The Right Reverend
Ted G. Thomas, Sr.
Prelate, Virgina First
Portsmouth, Virginia

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The Right Reverend
Lawrence M. Wooten, Sr.
Prelate, Eastern Missouri Western Illinois
St. Louis, Missouri


Emeritus General Board Members

Bishop Wilbur Wyatt Hamilton Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr.
Bishop J. Neaul Haynes

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The Constitutional General Board (1922)

The Late Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, Founder, Senior Bishop and First Apostle

Overseer R.R. Booker Overseer D. Bostic
Overseer E.R. Driver Overseer J. Bowe
Overseer William Curtis Overseer R. H. I. Clark
Overseer D. J. Young Overseer E. M. Page
Overseer C. C. Frederick Overseer Mack E. Jonas
Overseer V. M. Barker  

Former General Board Members – (1968 – 2009)

The Late Bishop A.B. McEwen, Sr The Late Bishop Frederick Douglas Washington
The Late Bishop D. Lawrence Williams, Sr The Late Bishop John Dale Husband
The Late Bishop Clarence E. Bennett The Late Bishop Ithiel Conrad Clemmons
The Late Bishop Wyoming Wells The Late Bishop Cleveland Landis Anderson, Jr
The Late Bishop Samuel Martin Crouch The Late Bishop William Morgan James
The Late Bishop Otha Miema Kelly The Late Bishop Harold Jenkins Bell
The Late Bishop John Seth Bailey The Late Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Jr
The Late Bishop Junious Augustus Blake, Sr The Late Bishop Leroy Robert Anderson
The Late Bishop John Walter White The Late Bishop Levi Edward Willis, Sr
The Late Bishop Willie Lee Porter Bishop Jacob Cohen
Bishop DeWitt Arthur Burton Bishop Earl Jerome Wright, Sr
The Late Presiding Bishop James Oglethorpe Patterson, Sr., The Late Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson
The Late Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford The Late Presiding Bishop Chandler David Owens

 

AG Supports COGIC in Black Lives Matter Sunday



ASSEMBLIES OF GOD LEADER SUPPORTS CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST

BLACK LIVES MATTER SUNDAY

 

Memphis, TN (December 12, 2014) The Assemblies of God, the nation’s largest historically white Pentecostal denomination in the country, is supporting the Church of God in Christ, the largest black Pentecostal denomination’s Black Lives Matter Sunday.

The two largest Pentecostal denominations are standing united in solidarity to support Black Lives Matter Sunday, December 14, 2014.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the Assemblies of God (AG) are unified in the effort that asks churches around the country to set aside the day to pray for African American men, because of the recent controversial grand jury decisions in Staten Island, New York and Ferguson, Missouri not to return indictments against white police officers in the deaths of two black males, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the AG wrote a letter to all of the AG pastors saying in part, “First and foremost black lives matter. The lives of all people are precious to God, of course, but at the present moment, our black brothers and sisters feel that their lives are not highly valued by white America.”

He further states, “Because black lives matter, and because America needs the Church to heal its lingering racial divisions, I ask that Assemblies of God churches join the Church of God in Christ on Sunday, December 14, 2014, and pray.”

COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “I am grateful for this unprecedented letter and show of support from Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. Dr. Wood and the AG demonstrate the love and healing power of Christ by standing with the Church of God in Christ to categorically say, black lives matter.”

The Church of God in Christ and the Assemblies of God share a rich heritage. Today, the two church’s leaders also share a great friendship.

About the Church of God in Christ:

The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination and the largest African American church in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members. 

Celebrating the Texas Centennial Jubilee



The Texas Centennial Jubilee

Commemorating 100 years of God’s overshadowing favor to the Church of God in Christ of Texas!

by Evangelist DeLisa Reed

 

We’ve come this far by faith leaning on the Lord! Trusting in His Holy Word, He’s never failed us yet! Oh . . . can’t turn around . . . we’ve come this far by faith!

In the year 1914, Woodrow Wilson was U.S. President, Mother’s Day became a national holiday, World War I broke out, and the Church of God in Christ in the Great State of Texas embarked upon what would be the most significant era of its young life. When researching for historical events specifically related to July 8, 1914, the day Texas COGIC received Bishop E. M. Page, it is ironic that it would appear that God specifically set this day aside in history for the birthing of this phenomenal convocation of saints who would blaze the trails of holiness for many, many others to follow.

The Texas Centennial Jubilee Celebration was nothing short of amazing, bringing droves of saints from all over the state to New Life Tabernacle Church of God in Christ for this two-day celebration held August 15-16, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and, yes, tongue-speaking, electrifying praise and worship filled the atmosphere in remembering those long gone, honoring those who yet remain but who have become seasoned with grace, and commemorating and encouraging those left to energetically carry on the work. What an honor, 100 years later, to yet be able to stand and proclaim holiness and righteousness in a chaotic world discombobulated with societal, spiritual, and senseless moral conditions. Yet, and in spite of it all, the founding fathers of this great state would, nonetheless, be quite proud of the accomplishments, in addition to the impact the jurisdictions of Texas have had on this country and particularly within the Church of God in Christ.

Given the charge in achieving this grand celebratory event was Bishop A. Ladell Thomas, jurisdictional prelate of the Texas Southeast Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and chairman of the Texas Inter-Jurisdictional Council of Bishops, along with Bishop William Watson III, jurisdictional prelate of Texas Northwest Jurisdiction and general chairman of the Centennial Commission, as well as Bishop David R. Houston, jurisdictional prelate of Texas Northeast Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and program chairman of the Centennial Jubilee. In addition, included was the Texas Inter-Jurisdictional Council of Bishops representing the 13 jurisdictional bishops of Texas which originated under the leadership of Bishop Emeritus A. Ladell Thomas, Sr., and in whose footsteps his son is currently following. The influence of Bishop Thomas, Sr. has and is permeating Texas COGIC in a phenomenal way. Although retired from leadership, he has set a fine example for Bishop Thomas, Jr. in developing churches, mentoring leaders, and most importantly, modeling a sacrificial life of commitment and passionate service unto God and the people he was chosen to oversee.

Bishop Thomas stated that the event was a culmination of activities that made room for all leadership elements of the Church of God in Christ within Texas. It not only included the clergy, but incorporated the youth and women of the church as well. One of the highlights of the event was the presence of The Right Reverend Nathaniel Wyoming Wells, General Board member and jurisdictional prelate of the Michigan Western Jurisdiction, who shared with the Pastors and Elders Council about the laity report for the national church, and elaborated on ways that churches can invest in and grow their communities.

In addition, on the opening evening of the celebration, a powerful message was delivered by one of the pioneering Bishops of Texas, Bishop T. W. Johnson, jurisdictional prelate of Texas Northeast Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Bishop Thomas recalled that Bishop Wells, alongside Superintendent Jimmy Glenn, VP of the International Department of Evangelism and superintendent of Texas Northeast’s Fort Worth Central District, was very involved in an old-fashioned altar call service which saw young and old going forth to minister to souls, wanting to be healed, delivered and set free.

On Saturday morning, the Department of Women was blessed by Supervisor Joyce Campbell of Texas Southeast Second who addressed the congregants and celebrated the contributions of pioneering women who were instrumental in the development of the Church of God in Christ of Texas. First Lady Evangelist Tihara Thomas, wife of Bishop A. Ladell Thomas, Jr. was also instrumental in addressing the bishops’ wives and celebrating those women who have labored alongside their husbands in building successful ministries. One of the highlighted celebrants of the day was Mother Alexander, the widow of Bishop J.E. Alexander, one of the original four jurisdictional bishops of Texas, along with Bishop F.L. Haynes, Bishop T.D. Iglehart, and Bishop R.E. Ranger.

On Saturday evening, the Texas Centennial Jubilee Celebration was blessed to have in its culminating service, the Honorable Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., The Most Reverend Charles Edward Blake, Sr. who electrified the house recalling the rich legacy and contributions of Texas in the national fiber of the Church of God in Christ. Chairman Thomas stated that Bishop Blake was grateful for the contributions of Texas to the national church and that according to Bishop Blake, “The Church of God in Christ would not be what it is if not for the contributions made and that continue to be made by the great state of Texas.”

Chairman Thomas stated that the mission of this celebration was not only to focus on the historical but to also provide for mentoring leadership that can help to sustain the church. After all, many of the national officers of the Church of God in Christ hail from Texas. In addition, known for its innovation and creativity, Texas native Evangelist Glenda Goodson, noted historian for the Church of God in Christ, explained that the formulation of “districts” originated under Bishop E.M. Page who saw a need for the financial undergirding of the Page Normal and Industrial School located in Hearne, TX. This school  was established for the children of the church but was inclusive of other children from other reformations as well. Interestingly, Bishop C. H. Mason’s son, Bob, attended this school.  So, Texas has been instrumental in laying the foundation for leadership that has propelled the Grand Ole’ Church of God in Christ to heights unknown.

Now, one cannot speak of Texas COGIC history without reflecting upon the contributions made by Dallas’s own, The Right Reverend J. Neaul Haynes, Jurisdictional Prelate of Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and General Board Member Emeritus.  Superintendent James E. Hornsby from the Dallas Mid Cities District recalled the wonderful recognition that was given to Bishop Haynes who is the longest serving Bishop in Texas. Superintendent Hornsby spoke eloquently of the words of expression given by Chairman Thomas who “took out special time to celebrate, appreciate and revere Bishop Haynes for his untiring commitment to the church.” Superintendent Hornsby also stated that the highly revered Bishop Haynes was “notably missed by his peers and others within the State of Texas.” Recognizing that Bishop Haynes is the only General Board member that Texas has ever had, it should be noted that he has served in every facet of the church as a whole, and his influence is etched in the corridors of history within the church for the duration of time.

This year-long celebration will climax in 2015 in Waco, Texas at the convocation grounds, referred to by Bishop Mason as the 2nd Memphis, where it all began in Texas. At this time, a monument will be erected that includes the names of the pioneering bishops of Texas COGIC and the numerous superintendents, pastors, elders, ministers as well as Supervisors, mothers, missionaries, and countless other unsung heroes who have undergirded and invested their time, energy, and resources into the foundational structure of the church.

When Chairman Thomas was asked how he would sum up the celebration as a whole, he stated, “PHENOMENAL! The whole celebration was well organized and unified the family in promoting fun, rekindling old friendships, and bringing about fellowship that unites the Body of Christ.  People are still talking about it today. It was a joint effort of all the bishops, supervisors, and the laity as whole in making this event one to remember.” So, from the choir stand to the usher board and all in between, the Spirit of God was experienced by all in commemorating this journey of faith while leaning on the Lord and trusting in His Holy Word. May God continue to bless and get the glory out of the lives of the saints of the Church of God in Christ of TEXAS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson Prayer Vigil

COGIC Hosts a Special Prayer Vigil for Ferguson, Missouri on November 17, 2014


For Immediate Release:

11/17/14 

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), in conjunction with three other Jurisdictional Bishops that reside in the area, will sponsor a special prayer vigil for the City of Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, November 17th at 7pm.  The event will be held at All Creation Northview Holiness Family Church where Pastor Marquaello Futrell will serve as host for the event.

The purpose of the prayer vigil will be to pray for the well being of Ferguson and the greater St. Louis community as they await a verdict in the Michael Brown shooting.

The event will begin with a statement of purpose by Bishop Lawrence Wooten, a General Board Member of COGIC and will be followed by various other prayer leaders who will lead the participants in a season of prayer.

Who:              The Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
What:             COGIC Prayer Vigil for the City of Ferguson, MO
When:            November 17, 2014 @ 7pm
Where:           All Creation Northview Holiness Family Church
                      1442 Hudson Road
                      Ferguson, MO 63135


Contact:
Bishop Edwin Bass

(314) 601-1355

COGIC’s Letter to Governor Nixon

November 13, 2014
The Honorable Jay Nixon
Governor of Missouri
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, Missouri  63103

Dear Governor Nixon:

The tragic shooting of Michael Brown is extremely troubling to us. As an organization that has invested over $ 140 million dollars in the St. Louis regional economy over the past four years, with the likelihood of investing an additional $150 million dollars over the next four years, we feel especially obligated to urge that steps be taken to ensure that there will be justice in the Michael Brown shooting and that necessary systemic changes will be made that reduce the likelihood of situations like those listed below happening again:
 

  1. The alleged circumstances surrounding his shooting;
  2. The fact that the body of a teenager was left lying in the street for over four hours;
  3. The militaristic response by law enforcement to individuals exercising their first amendment right to peaceful protest;
  4. The fact that law enforcement officers removed their name badges during protests so as to remain anonymous;
  5. What clearly looked like an effort by the Ferguson Police Chief to poison public opinion by releasing edited video tape about a totally unrelated event;
  6. The unprecedented time it took to make public the name of the involved officer;
  7. The fact that a police report has still not been made public as required by law;
  8. The fact that law enforcement was seen wearing bracelets that say ‘I am Darren Wilson’ while positing  that the public wait for the completion of the process before drawing conclusions;
  9. The seemingly inordinate amount of time that it has taken to determine if Officer Wilson should be prosecuted; and,
  10. The additional shootings in St. Louis of which at least one appears to have resulted from inappropriate use of deadly force.

An understanding of your plans to ensure justice is achieved and to make needed systemic changes will be helpful in our deliberations.  We await your expeditious reply.

Sincerely,

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop and the General Board
The Seventh in Succession
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, INC.

Senator Claire McCaskill
Missouri

The Honorable Francis G. Slay
Mayor, City of Saint Louis

The Honorable James Knowles, III
Mayor, City of Ferguson

Mr. Charlie A. Dooley, County Executive
St. Louis County, Missouri

Ms. Kathleen M. Ratcliffe, President
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

Mr. Thomas J. Irwin, Executive Director
Civic Progress

The General Board

Resolution on Same Sex Marriage

samesex-marriageThe General Assembly of the Church Of God In Christ passed a resolution restating its position on same sex marriage during its November Session following the 107th International Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO. Click here to read the resolution.

Evangelism Department Ministers to a Community in Need


By Dr Elijah Hankerson, President of the International Department of Evangelism

Thank you for all of your prayers and support, regarding the recent crisis in Ferguson, MO! We would like to give you a short report, specifically on the areas of evangelism, outreach and soul winning.

At the start of the chaos, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., commissioned the International Department of Evangelism to proceed into the area strictly to (1) share the Good News of Jesus Christ and (2) witness to lost souls!

All three jurisdictional bishops in the area have been 100% supportive of these outreach efforts: General Board member Bishop L. M. Wooten (Missouri Eastern, Western Illinois), Bishop R. J. Ward (Missouri Eastern First) and Bishop W. L. Scott (Illinois Southeast). These leaders have supplied workers from the area and workers have even joined in from other states and jurisdictions.

We are ecstatic to report that over 300 souls have given their life to the Lord Jesus, around 3,000 Gospel tracts have been disseminated to the public and hundreds of people have received prayer! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

We are grateful for all of the soul winners who literally risked their lives every day! The saints have dodged bullets, inhaled tear gas, walked for many miles every night endured brutal heat and even a violent thunder storm; all for the sake of lost souls! The “troops” completed their mission on Friday night, August 22, 2014 with the Glory Train! We started with the “Glory Train” and ended with it!

What is the “Glory Train?” It is an 18 wheeler flatbed with a trailer. The saints ride on the flatbed and the “live band” is on the trailer. It is literally a “mobile revival!” This clever soul winning tool is the brainchild of our Coordinator of Special Projects for IDOE: Lady Shirley Wooten. Lady Wooten is the wife of Bishop L. M. Wooten, who serves on our General Board.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., will also be in the city of St. Louis on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm. He will share a message of salvation, hope and restoration! The Presiding Bishop is ensuring that the ministry of the Church Of God In Christ ministers to this “deeply distressed and troubled” community at this time!

The International Department of Evangelism thanks for your support of soul winning!

C.H. Mason Heritage Symposium & Celebration – COGIC & AG Honor Bishop Mason

The first night of the C.H. Mason Heritage Symposium & Celebration was met with anticipation as members of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. and the Assemblies of God (USA) joined together in worship. The International Music Department sang songs to honor Bishop C.H. Mason’s love for gospel hymns in a Live Recording commemorating his life, leadership and legacy.

We were honored to have General Superintendent, Dr. George O. Wood, of the Assemblies of God (USA) preach an awesome message about the need for unity within the body of Christ, encouraged the Saints that God is doing the “immeasurable more”, and reminded us of the importance of keeping Jesus in the Church. There was a shared sense of reverence by all who attended, acknowledging Bishop C.H. Mason’s integral role laying the foundation of holiness and sanctification for our denominations.

After the service, a reception was held celebrating the 150th Birthday of Bishop C.H. Mason. Everyone enjoyed a time of food, fun and fellowship – a testament to the fact that it truly is “good and pleasant for brethren to deal together in unity.”

 
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