The General Board

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

 

 
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