Church Of God In Christ
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. is the fifth Presiding Bishop and the seventh leader in succession, appointed in November 2007 by the General Assembly of the Church of God in Christ. From 1985 to 2009, he maintained the position of Prelate for the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of California, where he was responsible for overseeing over 250 churches. He is an example of servant leadership and has become a voice to the nations to uphold the standards of holiness. He is known to many as being an eloquent, compassionate and practical leader, as well as a humanitarian and an advocate with a God-given gift for ministering to the whole man.
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.
Board of Bishops
Bishop John H. Sheard is sincerely a “man among men.” Born to the late Administrative Assistant O.S. and Mother Kizziah Sheard (who had the honor of pastoring the Mother Church of God in Christ, founded by Bishop C.H. Mason) in Boliva County, Mississippi. Despite being born to the humblest of beginnings, the heights of greatness to be reached by this gentle giant are yet to be known. At the age of seventeen, having already received the gift of the Holy Ghost, Bishop John Henry Sheard, with a few cents in his pocket and faith in his heart, left the hot sun of Mississippi, and journeyed to Detroit Michigan earnestly desiring to build a better life and future for himself.