April 9, 2020
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.”
God, who is omnipotent and omniscient, has summoned His Servant, Bishop Phillip Aquilla Brooks, to eternal rest. As First Assistant Presiding Bishop and Prelate of the Historic Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Michigan, Bishop P. A. Brooks had the distinction as the longest serving General Board Member in the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. – spanning over 40 years. Bishop P. A. Brooks also was the first Chief Adjutant of our denomination, appointed by the late Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr.
Bishop P. A. Brooks is beloved and endeared throughout Christendom. Known as “Mr. Church Of God In Christ,” Bishop P. A. Brooks ministered with dedication, devotion, and the spirit of excellence. He was the founder and pastor of the New St. Paul Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ for over 63 years. The longevity of his servitude extended from our founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason to our current Presiding Bishop, Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulting in local and state restrictions on public gatherings to achieve social distancing, the Brooks family will hold a private memorial service. When the restrictions are lifted, a date will be set for a National Memorial Service that will appropriately recognize the godly life and notable achievements of Bishop Phillip Aquilla Brooks.
During this time of uncertainty, we request the continued prayers as well as acts of emotional and spiritual support for the family. It is with great honor that the National Adjutancy will assist the Brooks family and the Historic Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Michigan during this most difficult time.
“Blessed be the God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3
Sanctifying the Leader, I Am,
Bishop Robert G. Rudolph, Jr.
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.