Bay Area Community Crippled by Crime Transformed through Prayer and Perseverance

In 1981 Bishop Jerry Macklin turned the light on in the City of Hayward, California, and found violence, gangs and a drug infested community.  By faith he remained fearless, even against threats on his own life.  He was determined to plant a church, stand his ground and take more calculated steps to shake the kingdom of darkness for the sake of the Gospel. The payoff of his convictions has been miraculous. What was once an urban war zone is now a thriving, prospering place of hope.

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Statement on Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting


Church of God in Christ

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

Statement on Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

While it is unfathomable that gun violence massacres would continue to occur in today’s society, we must never allow ourselves to become desensitized by the number of acts of violence.

On Wednesday, February 14th, 17 people were killed and 14 others were critically wounded by the hand of a 19-year-old man.

As a country, we owe our children so much more than what has occurred in Parkland, Florida. We owe them environments in which they can feel safe, connected, cared for, loved, and where they can ultimately flourish.

Today, we earnestly pray for the parents and families who must now cope with yet another senseless act of brutality and violence. We grieve and mourn with them for each of the young lives lost, and we pray that Almighty God would comfort their broken hearts forevermore. We have to do more to prevent these types of senseless acts…

These are the names of the 17 victims:

Jaime Guggenburg
Meadow Pollock
Alyssa Alhadeff
Nicholas Dworet
Gina Montalto
Luke Hoyer
Martin Duque
Alex Schachter
Joaquin Oliver
Carmen Schentrup
Alaina Petty
Peter Wang
Cara Loughran
Helen Ramsey
Chris Hixon
Scott Beigel
Aaron Feis

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COGIC Women’s Book Club

The International Women’s Department invites reading enthusiasts to join the COGIC Women’s Book Club.  The club, one of the first initiatives of International Women’s Department leader Mother Barbara McCoo Lewis, currently has more than 500 members.  The club promotes a book monthly which is selected by an appointed committee.  The club does not have a membership fee.  The monthly book discussion encourages reading and thoughtful processing of information. State Supervisor Sheary Johnson, Ed.D., was appointed to coordinate and lead this venture.  Dr. Johnson is Supervisor of Women for Virginia 4th Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.  Those interested in joining should visit the website at or email: [email protected].  More information will follow in The Whole Truth Magazine.

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92/50 Celebration Honoring Mother Rivers

State Mother Theresa Bolden Resigns

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One hundred year old Mother Theresa Elizabeth Bolden, State Supervisor of Women for Eastern Missouri First Jurisdiction (EMFJ), requested to be placed in emeritus status beginning February 1, 2018. Mother Bolden is the oldest and longest reigning of all the State Supervisors.  The centenarian served nearly thirty seven years in the highly respected position in the St. Louis region.  She was appointed by the late Mother Mattie McGlothen after the recommendation of the late Bishop William E. Turner.

Representing all the COGIC centenarians, the ever graceful Mother Bolden was most recently recognized by the General Assembly at the November 2017 International Convocation.  Mother Bolden’s position will be filled by State Mother Josephine Gale Boyd who was elected by the credential holding women of EMFJ and subsequently approved by Jurisdictional Bishop R.J. Ward. Mother Boyd will be officially appointed at the 111th International Holy Convocation by Mother Barbara McCoo Lewis.

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Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III Appointment

Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III, President of the International Department of Evangelism, was installed as the President of the St Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition, on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The St. Louis Clergy Coalition is the main interfaith group in St. Louis, Missouri. This service was held at Life Center International Church of God In Christ. During the 31-year history of the Coalition, this was the first time that the President and the location of the installation were both part of the Church Of God In Christ. COGIC General Board Member, Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten, and COGIC COO Bishop Edwin C. Bass were two of many well-wishers at the greatly attended service. Bishop Bass was also the speaker at the historical event. Representing the Nation’s Capitol was Senator Clair McCaskill.

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Oprah Remembers Recy Taylor, Visits Abbeville COGIC

This week Oprah Winfrey was on assignment for 60 minutes in the town of Abbeville, Alabama. She visited the church where Recy Taylor was leaving the night she was brutally raped by six white men. The church is currently named Abbeville Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC). She also visited the grave of Recy Taylor who passed away December 28, 2017. Winfrey posted these words about her visit:

“I don’t believe in coincidences, but if I did this would be a powerful one. On assignment for 60 minutes I end up in the town of Abbeville where Recy Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died. To be able to visit her grave so soon after ‘speaking her name ‘sharing her story, a woman I never knew. Feels like🙏🏾☁️❤️”


Just this month the actress and media mogul received the 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. Her acceptance speech was impassioned, earned numerous standing ovations, and she told the story of Taylor, a Black woman who never received justice.

In Winfrey’s speech, she mentioned the following to Taylor’s rapist:

“Their time is up. And I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on.”

May we never forget the struggle and may we always honor our history. #IAM2018 #IAMCOGIC #COGIC #TeamCOGIC

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2018 COGIC Leadership Forum at Ebenezer Baptist Church-Atlanta

General Secretary, Bishop Joel H. Lyles, Bishop Macklin, Presiding Bishop Blake, Pastor Warnock, General Board Members Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten, Bishop Matthew Williams, Financial Secretary Bishop Frank A. White, Chief of Security Bishop William McMillan and Chief Adjutant Bishop Robert Rudolph.

(From L to R)Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church and 2nd Asst. Presiding Bishop Jerry L. Macklin, Chairman, COGIC Leadership Conference
Wide Shot of COGIC Leadership Forum at Ebenezer

The 2018 Church of God in Christ (COGIC) National Leadership Forum ended the week at the Ebenezer Baptist Church formerly pastored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The forum was moderated by Dr. Robert Michael Franklin and Chaplain Audrey Moody. Bishop Jerry L. Macklin Chairman of the 2018 Leadership Conference opened the forum that featured the following presenters:

Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock

Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Bishop David Daniels

Dr. Christina Robinson

Bishop Jack Whitehead

Bishop Martin Luther Johnson

Bishop J. Louis Felton

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.