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Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr.’s Recovery

The Official Statement from the family of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr. is found below. Please take some time to read this update on Bishop Green’s recovery and feel free to leave your prayers and words of encouragement in the comment section below the statement.

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The Church of God in Christ pays homage and salutes Madiba.


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Founder Honored By AT&T

mason-bwBishop Charles Harrison Mason, the founder of the Church of God in Christ, has been selected by AT&T to be included in its 2013 African American History Calendar.

The 12-month calendar profiles individuals from across Tennessee who have contributed to improving people’s lives. The calendar is distributed at no cost to middle schools across the state and private educators with a resource for teaching students about African American achievements.

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “The Church of God in Christ is grateful that our founder Bishop Mason is receiving this honor.  Bishop Mason’s tenure as senior bishop was marked by his support of African-American education, ecumenism and civic engagement. Under his leadership, The Church of God in Christ sponsored primary and secondary schools in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama along with a junior college in Mississippi.”

Honorees for the 2013 African American History Calendar were recently announced and the calendar unveiled in Nashville, TN.




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MEMPHIS, TN (January 4, 2013) Nine Church of God in Christ churches that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy will receive assistance.


FRONT (L-R): Pastor Thomas Michael, Sr. (New Redeemed Pentecostal Temple COGIC, Atlantic City, NJ); Pastor Buddy Williams (Gethsemane COGIC, Inwood, NY); Pastor James Pelt (Highway COGIC, Far Rockaway, NY); Dr. Sylvia Green-Testamark (Community COGIC, Arvene, NY); Pastor Mark Beavers (Harvest on the Atlantic-Soul Stirring COGIC, Island Park, NY); Pastor Bennie Moorer (Bethlehem COGIC, Rockaway Beach, NY).
REAR (L-R): Pastor Simeon Harris (Living Proof COGIC, Bayshore, NY); Superintendent James Pullings, Jr. (Disaster Relief Coordinator); Bishop Frank O. White (General Board Member); Bishop Frank Anthone White (Financial Secretary, COGIC); Pastor John E. Kitchen, Sr. (Mt. Zion COGIC, Atlantic City, NJ).
NOT PRESENT: Pastor James Holland (Far Rockaway COGIC, Far Rockaway, NY)

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is giving $50,000 to COGIC churches damaged by Sandy. The churches that will receive these funds are:

  • Community COGIC-Arverne, NY
  • Harvest On The Atlantic COGIC- Island Park, NY
  • Far Rockaway COGIC-Far Rockaway, NY
  • Gethsemane COGIC-Inwood, NY
  • Highway COGIC-Far Rockaway, NY
  • Bethlehem COGIC-Rockaway Beach, NY
  • Living Proof COGIC-Bayshore, NY
  • New Redeemed Pentecostal Temple COGIC-Atlantic City, NJ
  • Mt. Zion COGIC- Atlantic City, NJ

The damage includes ocean water entering church buildings, destroying roofing, flooring and electronic equipment. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., says “the damage to our churches in the Northeast corridor was particularly severe in New York and New Jersey. We understand the need thus, COGIC is committed to providing assistance to our churches with this $50,000 donation.”

Bishop Blake further states, “in the aftermath of the hurricane some COGIC churches have been displaced by the damage to their buildings. These funds will go a long way in helping to get our churches back on their feet. The money will be dispersed immediately so that construction and repairs can begin as soon as possible.”

In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. The storm became the largest and costliest Atlantic hurricane on record. The hurricane killed 125 people in the United States alone. An estimate of losses due to damage and business interruption is over $60 billion.

About the Church of God in Christ.

The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination in the United States, the largest Pentecostal church in the country and the second largest Pentecostal organization in the world with churches in 60 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Offers Resource Information On Super Storm Sandy

On behalf of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., the General Board and the entire Church of God in Christ we would like to offer our prayers to the many individuals who have been affected or displaced by recent storm Sandy.

Please share the following with those family and friends who need this information.

Individuals along the East Coast and areas inland should continue to monitor their local news and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio for updates and directions provided by their local officials.

President Barack Obama declared major disasters for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm.  Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in those states can begin applying for assistance by registering with FEMA online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585(TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.  Shelter assistance from your local Chapter of the American Red Cross can be found by calling 1-800-733-2767, press 1.

Even as the storm begins to clear impacted areas, there will be many challenges to staying safe while making repairs and cleaning up debris after a storm.  Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.

FEMA and its federal partners, through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, remain in close contact with emergency management partners, and are embedded with state teams to support response efforts and assess unmet needs. Priority remains on life-saving and life-sustaining activities. Search and rescue teams have been deployed.

Mortgage Relief Assistance

Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  The relief is available to borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and which are located in jurisdictions that President Obama has declared “major disaster areas.”  HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages.  Homeowners in need of disaster relief should contact their servicers or call one of the numbers below.

Freddie Mac – 1-800-373-3343Press Release

Fannie Mae – 1-800-732-6643Press Release

FHA – 1-877-622-8525;   New York –  Press Release

FHA – 1-877-622-8525;   New Jersey –  Press Release

FHA Disaster Relief Information

To find more information about HUD and FHA disaster relief options.  Please also visit the HUD disaster resources site at

Where can I find general information about assistance for victims of hurricanes?

HUD has general information about recovery assistance for victims of hurricanes on the following HUD website:

If your home has been affected by a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, tornado, wildfire, etc.) it is important to identify the resources available to assist in your recovery. Most federal disaster recovery efforts are triggered by the designation of the area as a presidentially declared disaster area. To obtain the latest information on available programs, eligibility criteria, and declared disasters visit the national disaster recovery site, located at:

For more information, you may also contact the HUD Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at [email protected] or 202-708-2404

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in the Mid-Atlantic States who’ve been affected by this storm.

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.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2012 Presiding Bishop’s Banquet presented by COGIC Charities


The Annual Church Of God In Christ Presiding Bishop’s Scholarship Banquet will be held during the 105th Church Of God In Christ Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO at the America’s Center Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm.



Sponsor Levels
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Platinum         $20,000 per table

Gold                $10,000 per table

Silver                 $5,000 per table

Table for 10  $2,000    Individual $200.00 each


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The GCPE Mourns The Passing of Chairman Isaiah C. Grover

Posted on 02 July 2012

The General Council of Pastors and Elders regretfully mourns the passing of our esteemed and beloved Chairman, Superintendent Isaiah C. Grover.

Chairman Grover joined the General Council of Pastors & Elders under Elder A.B. Baxter Sr. He has faithfully served through 8 administrations in numerous executive roles of the GCPE. Chairman Grover was elected as Vice Chairman of the council for 4 terms until his elevation to Chairman in 2010.

In Memoriam

Superintendent Isaiah C. Grover was born December 27 1925.  He was married to Mother Esther B. Grover for 62 years and the father of three daughters.

Superintendent Isaiah C. Grover was saved under the Founding Bishop of Illinois, Bishop William M. Roberts and served faithfully at Illinois’ mother church Roberts Temple COGIC.

Superintendent Grover served under Bishop Louis Henry Ford in First Jurisdiction Illinois in numerous jurisdictional roles.

Superintendent Grover was the Pastor of the St. John Church of God in Christ in Chicago, Illinois  for 38 years.

Superintendant Grover is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a  Bachelors of Administration degree in Guidance & Counseling. He also earned his Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration from  Chicago State University.

Although we know that Chairman Grover has left labor for reward, we will miss him immensely. Please continue to pray for Mother Grover, Missionary Karen Grover and her sisters, the St. John COGIC family and all those whose lives he has positively impacted.


Homegoing Celebration Service Schedule

Sunday July 8th 2012

Local Church Service of Remeberance – 11am

District Observances  – 4pm

St. John Church Of God In Christ, 75th & Cottage Grove, Chicago IL.

Monday, July 9th 2012

Viewing  9am

Jurisdictional Observances – 10 am

St. Paul Church Of God In Christ, 4526 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL.

Bishop Ocie Booker, Officiant & Prelate, First Jurisdiction Illinois Church Of God In Christ


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