For more than fifty years, Bishop Samuel Edward Iglehart has answered God’s call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has proven his commitment and ability to render selfless service that empowers individuals, families, churches and communities. He is a leader’s leader, pastor’s pastor and builder.
Currently serving as the Prelate of the Texas Southwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) Bishop Iglehart successfully leads more than 140 churches. He is respected as one of the most forward thinking and resourceful Bishops within our denomination and the nation. The first of seven children, Bishop Iglehart worked hard and establish his personal credibility rather than rely on the name recognition of his father the late Bishop T. D. Iglehart. He is a third-generation leader in the Church Of God In Christ. He was licensed as a minister at age twenty-four and was ordained shortly thereafter.
Bishop Iglehart compassionately serves as the Pastor of Praise Cathedral; formerly known as Childress Memorial COGIC in San Antonio, Texas. Under his leadership, the church is growing in all aspects. Bishop Iglehart’s dedication to his calling and his love for people is unmistakable. This is seen in the way he undertakes the daily challenges of his ministry. Whether he is with a jurisdictional officer or a small child in the community, the Bishop is never too busy to show how important each person is to the ministry. This new complex at 5895 Binz Engleman Rd., has replace the edifice at 901 N. Pine St., which a fire destroyed in February 2013.
Bishop Iglehart presently serves with the Inter-Jurisdictional Council of Bishop and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Bishops, COGIC. He serves his local community as active participate of Community Churches for Social Action (CCSA). He is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Award.
Among his other accomplishments, Bishop Iglehart was inducted into the “Who’s Who Society of Outstanding Church Leaders”. He is a former member of the “Pastoral Care Board” for Scott & White Hospital, a lifetime member of the NAACP, and an ardent supporter of the United Negro College Fund. He holds numerous bachelor’s degrees, as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Bible Theology. In addition, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Bishop Iglehart leads by example and is a leader for all generations. He was married to the late Glorious Iglehart for over 40 years. Together they shared six children and numerous grandchildren.