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COGIC Mourns the Loss of Bishop Cornelius Ellis Anderson, Sr.

Bishop Cornelius Ellis Anderson, Sr. the son of Superintendent Willie O. Anderson and Missionary Ada Cross Anderson was born on February 12, 1932, in Breckenridge, Texas; he was one of nine children. His formal education was obtained in San Antonio, Texas. He later pursued his Undergraduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Alaska, Moody Bible College, Zoe Bible College and Family Bible College. Bishop Anderson received his Doctorate from Liberty Bible College.

In 1955 he married the former Barbara Ann James. The Lord blessed the two of them to have four children, thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

Having been raised in a God-fearing environment, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. After accepting the call to the ministry, he was licensed in March 1955 and ordained in October 1959.  He was the founding Pastor of Lighthouse COGIC, San Antonio, Texas; District Superintendent (Texas), 1969; Jurisdictional Secretary (Texas), 1972; National COGIC Board of Trustees, 1972-2004; National COGIC Pulpit Committee, 1973 (participated in the initialization phase); one of the first COGIC Adjutant Overseers for Pulpit Protocol; Pastor   Temple COGIC, Wilmington, NC, 1976; Dean of Jurisdictional COGIC Academy (Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction COGIC); District Superintendent, Wilmington District COGIC, 1978; First Administrative Assistant to Bishop LeRoy J. Woolard, 1990; and installed as Jurisdictional Bishop of the North Carolina Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, 1996; Pastor Sherman Memorial 1997-2011.

Possessing the gift of administration, Bishop Anderson knows how to motivate those under his leadership to become all they can be to the glory of God.  God has prospered the work that He has invested in the hands of this great man.  Since being consecrated into the bishopric, the Jurisdiction has grown from approximately 8 churches to 101. 

Birthed through Bishop Anderson’s pastoral leadership are 1 Auxiliary Bishop, 1 Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women, 8 District Superintendents, 21 Pastors, 8 District Missionaries, 1 Jurisdictional Chief Adjutant, 14 new churches and a host of elders, ministers, and missionaries.  He has always demanded excellence and encouraged all to live above the level of mediocrity.

Bishop Anderson has faithfully served the community and the nation. He has stood tall in the political arena praying and advising many local politicians and civic groups. He is well respected as an outstanding religious leader, a man to be emulated.

His civic and military affiliations include retiring from the United States Army after 20 years; fought in 2 wars:  Korean War, Vietnam War; United Way Board of Directors, 1978 (6 years); President of local NAACP, 1978 (6 years); appointed by Governor James B. Hunt to County Board of Directors for the Department of Social Services, 1982; First Runner-Up for Most Outstanding Public Servant for State of North Carolina-Governor James Martin, 1985; Steering Committee for National Negro College Fund, 1987; and Habitat for Humanity.

Bishop Cornelius Ellis Anderson, Sr. was preceded in death by his mother, Ada Cross Anderson; his father, Superintendent Willie O. Anderson, Sr.; brother, Willie O. Anderson, Jr.; brother, Bishop Leroy R. Anderson; sister, District Missionary Alberta A. Crockett; sister, District Missionary Lois Faye (Ada) Collins; son, Michael Leroy Anderson. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 57 years, Mother Barbara Ann (James) Anderson; his children and their spouses: Bishop C. E. Jr., Rosalyn; Superintendent Charles T., Clarann; Superintendent Kenneth A., Tonya; Sister Janice Eason, Harry; Linda Morris, Don;  Grandchildren and their spouses: Cornelius, III, Jeania; Kristle, LeDetrick; Jonathan; Danielle; Kristopher “Pee Wee”; Brandon; Kianee; Tiro; Michael "Pappy”; Brandon; Katrina “Lil Mama”, Douglas; Naloni; Destanie; three Great Grandchildren: Kendrick; Jacobi; Cameron; sister, Mrs. Eugene Skinner; brother, Deacon James M. Anderson; four sister-in-laws, Mrs. Helen G. Adams; Mrs. Esther Griffin; Mrs. Viola Payne, Hamilton; Mrs. Anna Rae Davis, Superintendent George W. Davis, Jr.; Twenty-three nieces; Twenty-five nephews; Special Caregivers and CNAs, Wanda McKelevey; Johniece Pope, Minister Abraham Williams; Lamont Paige; Faith Temple COGIC; Sherman Memorial COGIC and the North Carolina Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

Bishop Anderson was a blessed and anointed man of God! To God be the glory for a life well spent and a race well run; now a deserving rest.

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St. Louis, MO (November 15, 2012) During the 105th Holy Convocation, in St. Louis, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) has once again chosen Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. as its Presiding Bishop.

The General Assembly, the Legislative Body of the Church of God in Christ, has overwhelmingly reelected Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. to the Office of Presiding Bishop and leader of the churches Executive Branch. Bishop Blake is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nearly 6.5 million-member church.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says “I am humbled and delighted to be chosen to continue to lead one of the greatest churches in the world. The Church of God in Christ is a beacon of hope and love. I want to thank the church for the opportunity to serve as presiding bishop for another quadrennial.”

The General Board is the Board of Directors of the denomination and governs the church between meetings of the General Assembly. The General Board consists of twelve members including the Presiding Bishop. The 2012 General Assembly delegates also elected four new members to the General Board, with seven returning incumbents:

Returning Incumbents: Bishop Phillip Aquilla Brooks, Bishop Jerry Wayne Macklin, Bishop Roy Lawrence Hailey Winbush, Bishop George Dallas McKinney, Bishop Nathaniel Wyoming Wells, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels and Bishop Frank Otha White

Newly Elected Members: Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Bishop Brandon B. Porter, Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr. and Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten

The additional national officers elected for a new four-year term include:

General Secretary Bishop Joel H. Lyles, Jr., Financial Secretary Bishop Frank Anthone White and Treasurer Pastor Charles Harrison Mason Patterson

Board of Bishops: Bishop John H. Sheard, Chair; Bishop Donald R. Murray, 1st Vice President; Bishop Albert Galbraith, 2nd Vice President; Bishop Larry Shaw, Secretary; Bishop Hester Bordeaux, Assistant Secretary; Bishop Cody Marshall, Treasurer; Bishop Bobby Warren, Sergeant at Arms

Trustee Board: Dwight E. Walls, Chair; Mildred Linzy, Vice Chair; Sylvia H. Law, 2nd Vice Chair; David Hall, Jr., Josephus Shepherd, Georgia Macklin Lowe, Cari Barnes, Joseph Chase, Amos Smith, Melton Timmons, William Watson III, Ailean Stingley, Sandra Smith Jones, Michael Golden, Jr., Darin Burns

Pastors & Elders: Michael Eaddy, Chair; Destry Bell, Vice Chair; Prince Bryant II, Secretary; Thomas May, Treasurer

Chairman of the General Assembly Pastor James Hunt says, “I would like to thank all of the delegates, they did a great job. The quadrennial election was excellent, Election Committee Chairlady Myra Banks and her committee did a commendable job with the election, and everything was done timely and in an expeditious manner.”

About the Church of God in Christ:

The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination in the United States with churches in 57 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members.

COGIC Mourns the Passing of Bishop Norman Quick

It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Bishop Norman Quick, Prelate of the New York Southeast Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

The Quick Family and the jurisdiction are in need of our fervent prayers. Tentatively, the national funeral will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 12 noon.

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