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BISHOP ROBERT G. RUDOLPH, JR., is the seventh Adjutant General of the Church Of God In Christ. He was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the tender age of five, preached his first sermon at the age of seven while standing on a chair and at the age of eleven formally became a licensed minister. Rudolph won the National Oratorical Contest of the Church Of God In Christ and was summoned to the world headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, to be ordained at the age of sixteen at the hand of the late Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr. He has twenty seven years of pastoral experience and is currently the pastor of both the Calvary Church Of God In Christ (Malvern, Arkansas) and the Davis Memorial Church Of God In Christ (Crossett, Arkansas). Rudolph holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Henderson State University and continued his education by pursing a Master of Public Administration degree. Bishop Rudolph completed three graduate religious studies programs graduating with both a Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees and later earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Episcopal Studies from the Abundant Faith Theological Seminary. Since 2003, he has been happily married to the lovely, Lady Michelle Parham Rudolph who supports his ministry wholeheartedly.
After serving as the Executive Secretary and the youngest Administrative Assistant to his retiring Prelate and mentor, Bishop D. L. Lindsey; Rudolph was reappointed Secretary of the Arkansas Second Jurisdiction and promoted as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the incoming Prelate, Bishop Frank J. Anderson, Jr. He was also appointed Superintendent of the New Day District. In 2007, upon the recommendation of the former Adjutant General, Bishop Matthew Williams, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake appointed Rudolph as the Scribe of the National Adjutancy and an Adjutant Overseer. In this capacity, he assisted the Presiding Bishop and members of the General Board as they guided more than two hundred jurisdictions with the intimate details of the national home going celebrations of bishops. Additionally, he assisted in the consecration of bishops and was given the distinct honor of announcing the apostolic procession at ceremonies across the country and the world.
On April 7, 2014, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake recommended that Rudolph be appointed to the episcopacy. By unanimous consent, the General Board accepted this recommendation and the General Assembly of the denomination formally ratified the appointment. Rudolph was elected President of the Historic 2014 Episcopal Class by his peers which is the largest class of Bishops to be consecrated at one time in the history of the church. On November 9, 2014, he was formally consecrated to the Sacred Office of Bishop during the 107th International Holy Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ held in St. Louis, Missouri.