Welcome from the General Board

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16

Welcome to the home page of the General Board of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. The men selected to lead the Church were chosen by God and the membership of the Church Of God In Christ. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Church leadership and the important role they have in leading God’s people.

The Role of the General Board

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12) KJV

The General Board of the Church of God in Christ, Inc (COGIC) is responsible for establishing and executing policies for the membership, as well as sustaining and perpetuating spiritual order within the Church. These twelve bishops, chosen from the Board of Bishops, are voted into office by the General Assembly for a term of four years. Executive decisions made by the General Board are final unless revoked or modified by the General Assembly.  The General Board convenes three times a year for official meetings in the months of April, November and at the time the presiding bishop deems necessary.

The Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ is Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church Of God In Christ in Los Angeles, CA.  Through his leadership the board has continued its vision which is based on Titus 1:5, in which the Apostle Paul appointed Titus to lead the people of Crete as an elder. Bishop P.A. Brooks, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop and Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop serve as Presiding Bishop Blake’s special aides on the General Board.

As the spiritual leadership of 6.5 million members worldwide, the Church Of God In Christ General Board has a Pentecostal vision to carry out a message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Presidium of the Church Of God In Christ

The Most Reverend


Presiding Bishop

Los Angeles, California

The Right Reverend


First Assistant Presiding Bishop

Prelate, Michigan Northeast

Detroit, Michigan

The Right Reverend

Jerry Wayne Macklin

Second Assistant Presiding Bishop

Prelate, NorCal Metropolitan

Hayward, California

The Right Reverend

Sedgwick Daniels

Secretary to the General Board

Prelate, Wisconsin Southern First

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Right Reverend

Lawrence M. Wooten,Sr.

Assistant Secretary to the General Board

Prelate, Eastern Missouri Western Illinois

St. Louis, Missouri

The Right Reverend

George Dallas McKinney

Prelate, California Southern Second

San Diego, California

The Right Reverend

Nathaniel Wyoming Wells

Prelate, Michigan Western

Muskegon, Michigan

The Right Reverend

J. Drew Sheard

Prelate, Michigan North Central

Detroit, Michigan

The Right Reverend

Brandon B. Porter

Prelate, Tennessee Central

Memphis, Tennessee

The Right Reverend

Ted G. Thomas

Prelate, Virginia First

Portsmouth, Virginia

The Right Reverend

Darrell Hines

Prelate, Illinois Midwest

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Right Reverend

Matthew Williams

Prelate, Florida Southwestern

Tampa, Florida