In Memorium

COGIC Mourns Loss



Mother Ruth Mason Lewis, Daughter Of COGIC Founder, Dies At Age 95

November 29, 2015(Memphis, TN) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) mourns the passing of Mother Ruth Mason Lewis, the daughter of COGIC founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. 

Mother Ruth Mason Lewis has died at the age of 95.  The last remaining daughter of COGIC founder Bishop Charles H. Mason, Mother Mason Lewis transitioned to Glory early Saturday morning, November 28, 2015.

Born on September 16, 1920, Mother Mason Lewis was the youngest of six children, born to Bishop Charles Harrison and Lelia Washington Mason.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “Mother Ruth Mason Lewis was a treasure to the Church of God in Christ. Her legacy as an incredible woman in the church will always be honored and remembered.”

In 1948, Ruth Mason married Robert S. Lewis, Jr., owner of the R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Memphis, TN. Robert and Ruth were married 64 years and had two children.

The funeral services will be Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 10am at the Pentecostal Temple COGIC, 229 South Danny Thomas Blvd., where Bishop Charles Harrison Mason Patterson, Sr. is pastor.  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. will deliver the eulogy.


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The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the World and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in over 70 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 Million adherents.

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.

The Church of God in Christ Mourns The Passing of Bishop Otis Lockett, Sr.

Bishop Otis Lockett, Sr. died on Friday, October 12, 2012.

He shared the gospel with a practical presentation and communicates with unmistakable clarity as he motivated and challenged people from every walk of life to strive for excellence in every area of their lives.

Through hard work and dedication to pursuing excellence in education, Bishop Lockett, a native of Cincinnati, OH received two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education, Honorary Doctorate Degree and most recently an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree.

Bishop Lockett, a true visionary, was the founder of Evangel Fellowship Word Ministries Inc., a multi-racial ministry where he served as the Senior Pastor. He was also the author of the book “Understanding Your Divine Calling”. A practical book designed to lead you into the divine revelation of discovering your distinct and unique calling in life.

Other vital ministries founded by him include: Positive Direction for Youth & Families, an outreach ministry designed to address the needs of at-risk youth and families; The Malachi House, a residential program geared toward helping men with alcohol and drug addictions; Wisdom Training Institute, a training center designed for professionals that are committed to advancing others by providing solutions for building stronger lives, families, and businesses. Additionally, Bishop Lockett provided Apostolic covering to the Greater Piedmont District churches, which involves over 29 covenant churches.

Bishop Lockett was the husband of the lovely Barbara Turner Lockett and they are the proud parents of three God-fearing children, Mrs. Faith Gardner, Elder Otis Lockett Jr., and Min. Joshua Lockett as well as the grandparents of James Michael Gardner and Joseph Carson Gardner.

The Church of God in Christ is praying for the Lockett family, Evangel Fellowship COGIC and the North Carolina Second Jurisdiction.

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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