The National Adjutancy is a team of people who are united and organized to help make ministry work. Some of the responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparation for the consecration and installation of new bishops, the dignified execution of homegoing celebrations for deceased leaders, assisting the Presiding Bishop in the orderly conduction of national ceremonial occasions as well as performing any other duty that the Presiding Bishop may assign.
The Church of God in Christ has made choice of the military terms “Adjutant” or “Adjutancy” to describe this ministry. It is important that the Adjutant and all others know and understand that the Adjutancy is the property of the Presiding Bishop. We exist to carry out his wishes.
Historically, the Presiding Bishop and General Board of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. have charged the National Adjutancy Corps with the sacred task of standardizing the fundamentals of our ceremonial, liturgical and protocol traditions. The Adjutancy Corps was established as the mechanism through which these essential traditions could be preserved and enacted. The essence of this servant ministry in the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. is long-standing; however, the Corps has been under formal organization and appointed leadership since 1976, under the administration and direction of the first elected Presiding Bishop, his grace, the Honorable Bishop James Oglethorp Patterson, Sr.
Bishop Phillip Aquilla Brooks of Detroit, Michigan, was appointed as the first “Chief Adjutant” of the National Adjutancy in 1976. He served until 1981, and was succeeded by Bishop Floyd Eugene Perry of Cleveland, Ohio. Bishop Perry served in 1988. Dr. J. Delano Ellis of Memphis, Tennessee succeeded Bishop Perry. In 1989, Bishop Harold Jenkins Bell of Nashville, Tennessee succeeded Dr. Ellis. Bishop Bell served well from 1989 until his elevation to the General Board in 2000; it was under the leadership of Bishop Bell that he commissioned the preparation and publication of the first OfficiaHandbook of the National Adjutancy Corps. Bishop Barnett Karl Thoroughgood carried the mantle of excellence in service from 2000 until 2005. It was in 2005 that the Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson made choice of Bishop Matthew Williams of Tampa, FL to carry the legacy further.
The primary original task of the Adjutancy was the organizing and coordinating of National communions, inaugurations, installations of new bishops and national officers. The Adjutancy now serves in any setting where the Presiding Bishop is serving.