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Bishop J. Drew Sheard has been elected as the new presiding bishop and chief Apostle of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ after delegates voted Saturday in a virtual assembly.
The Church of God in Christ founded in 1897 is a Pentecostal ( COGIC) –Holiness Christian, Episcopal denomination which is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States.
Sheard, of Detroit, Michigan, is pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church and jurisdictional prelate of the Michigan North Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He has previously served on the general board.
He is the husband to award-winning gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard, they have a daughter who is the multi-talented gospel singer Kierra ‘Kiki’ and their son J. Drew Sheard II.
“To be elected to serve as the Presiding Bishop for the Church in which I was born, raised, and have learned and served all my life, is a dream and desire that can only be fulfilled by God’s loving grace and guidance,” Sheard said in a news release. “The opportunity to serve such an extraordinary organization at our highest recognized level of the priesthood is beyond humbling.”
Here are the other eleven members elected to COGIC’s general board:
- Bishop Prince E. Bryant, Sr., pastor of The Island of Hope Church of God in Christ and Buck Street Memorial Church of God in Christ in Houston, Texas. He is the jurisdictional prelate of The Texas South Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
- Bishop Malcolm Coby, pastor of Victory Temple Church of God in Christ, World Ministry Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and jurisdictional bishop for the Oklahoma Southeast Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
- Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, pastor of Holy Redeemer Church Of God In Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and jurisdictional bishop of the Wisconsin First Jurisdiction. He previously served on the general board.
- Bishop David A. Hall, Sr., pastor of historic Temple Church Of God In Christ in Memphis, Tennessee and prelate of Tennessee Headquarters Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
- Bishop Michael E. Hill, Sr., senior pastor of Kingdom International in Dearborn, Michigan and jurisdictional bishop of Great Lakes First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
- Bishop Darrell L. Hines, Sr., pastor of Christian Faith Fellowship Church of God in Christ in Wisconsin and jurisdictional bishop of the Illinois Midwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He previously served on the general board.
- Bishop Jerry W. Macklin – founder of Glad Tidings International Church of God in Christ and founder of the NorCal Metropolitan Jurisdiction. Macklin was elected to the general board in 2004 and became the second assistant presiding bishop in 2008.
- Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in Pittsburgh and bishop of the state of Vermont.
- Bishop C. H. McClelland, pastor of Holy Cathedral Church of God In Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and bishop of the Wisconsin Northwest Jurisdiction. He was born in Covington, Tennessee.
- Bishop Brandon Porter, pastor of Greater Community Temple COGIC in North Memphis and jurisdictional prelate of the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction . Greater Community Temple has a membership of more than 5,000 and includes a campus in East Memphis. He was first elected to the general board in 2012.
- Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten, Sr., pastor of Williams Temple Church of God In Christ and bishop of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern Missouri Western Illinois. He previously served on the general board.