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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

Necrology

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

 

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.”

COGIC to Host AOG Leader

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Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood 

Tribute to COGIC Women – Int’l Women’s Day



In observance of International Women's Day, we would like to take some time and honor all of the COGIC Women who have made this Great Church what it is today, as well as all of the women who continue the work of the Lord. We thank God for the virtuous, praying women that God has graced this church with, including:

  • Our Very Own General Supervisor of the Department of Women, Mother Willie Mae Rivers
  • Our First Lady, Lady Mae Lawrence Blake
  • Our First General Mother, Mother Lizzie Robinson
  • Our Second General Mother, Mother Lillian Brooks Coffey
  • Our Third General Mother, Mother Annie L. Bailey
  • Our Fourth General Mother, Mother Mattie McGlothen
  • Our Fifth General Mother, Mother Emma F. Crouch
  • Dr. Arenia C. Mallory, President – Saints Jr. College

Although we cannot list all of the great women who have impacted the Church of God in Christ, Inc. and have played a significant role in the Kingdom of God, our churches and our individual lives – we want to say "THANK YOU" for giving of yourselves and being an example to follow. We salute each and every Mighty Women of God today!

If these women, or any other women, have made a difference in your life, please feel free to post a tribute below!

 
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