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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
(Each level includes a table with ten seats)

Platinum         $20,000 per table

Gold                $10,000 per table

Silver                 $5,000 per table

Table for 10  $2,000    Individual $200.00 each


Reserve your tickets by contacting:
Mrs. Sylvia Law
[email protected]
(410) 992-3083

Sponsorship Opportunities also available, please contact:
Robert Coleman, Jr.
[email protected]
(901) 235-2160




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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