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15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. KJV
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Statement On The Trayvon Martin Incident And The George Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict
Our prayers and sympathy are extended to the Trayvon Martin family. May we all pray and work for the health and unity of our nation.
We mourn the loss of a potential-filled young life. This incident portrays much about the increasing sickness of our society where incidents of this nature occur.
If George Zimmerman had not carried a gun, he would not have been so emboldened to come into young Trayvon Martin’s space in an inappropriate way. Trayvon Martin should have been allowed to complete his trip to and from the store safely, without harassment.
We need the creation of and conformity to effective and appropriate gun control laws.
A friend indicated, “If George Zimmerman had been black and Trayvon Martin white, the verdict would have been different.”
This is a sad time for our nation.
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 60 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of 6.5 million members.
General Board Secretary
Bishop Roy L. Winbush
General Board Assistant Secretary
Bishop Frank O. White
General Supervisor of Women
Department of Women
Mother Willie Mae Rivers
Asst. General Supervisor
Chair of Executive Business Affairs
Mother Barbara McCoo Lewis
Elder Uleses Henderson, Esq.
Auxiliaries In Ministry (AIM)
Superintendent Linwood Dillard, Chairman
Pastor Carl Pierce
Music Department President
Dr. Judith Christie-McAllister
Department of Evangelism
Pastor Elijah Hankerson, President
Evangelism Elect Ladies
Evangelist Rita Womack, Elect Lady
Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole, Assistant Elect Lady
Supt. David Todd Whittley
Department of Sunday School
Bishop Alton Gatlin, Superintendent
1st Vice Superintendent
2nd Vice Superintendent
3rd Vice Superintendent
Sunday School Chairlady
Evangelist Cleolia Penix
President, Department of Missions
Bishop Carlis Moody, President
President, Youth Department
Pastor Benjamin Stephens, President
Evangelist Joyce Rodgers
President, Men’s Conference
Bishop Darrell Hines, President
Bishop Matthew Williams
Deputy Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
Dean of the Adjutancy Academy
Mother Geraldine Miller
Deputy Adjutant Mother
Mother Connie Smith
Elder Lawrence Champion Blake, Sr.
Sexual Abuse & Misconduct Committee
Pastor Gerald Harris, Chairman
Pastor William McMillan, Commissioner
Deputy of Executive Security
Pastor Kurt Thompson
Pastor William McMillan
Deputy of World Headquarters
Major Charles Moore
Commission on Education
Dr. David Daniels
COGIC SIMUL Conference
Bishop Darrell Hines, Chair
Pastors & Elders (2014)
C.H. Mason Seminary
COGIC Urban Initiatives
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
COGIC Health Initiative
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
Mother Francis Kelly, Coordinator
Church Growth & Development
Pastor Roderick Hennings
Presiding Bishop’s Office
Liaison to Board of Bishops
Bishop Charles McClellan
National Usher Board
Sister Dorothy Holmes, President
COGIC Urban Ministries
Bishop Edwin Bass
National Prison Ministry
Dr. Milton Rochford
C.H. Mason Historical Society
Dr. Mack Mason, President
Marc Ellis, Chairman
Attorney Uleses Henderson
Dr. David Hall
Members of the Board
Supt. Tony Campbell
Grace Davis Harris
Joe Chase, Jr.
Bishop 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.
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.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
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COGIC REELECTS PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE, SR. AS LEADER
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.