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This is a list of all the head leaders of the COGIC denomination and a brief synopsis of their leadership.

Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (1864-1961)Edit

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Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, the founder of the Church of God in Christ

Bishop C.H. Mason was the founder and first Senior Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. He was the senior bishop for 54 years from 1907 to his death in 1961. Under his leadership, the denomination built the Mason Temple COGIC in Memphis, and he appointed many bishops over the denomination. He also made the first "constitution" for the denomination. He was the longest serving Senior Bishop of the COGIC denomination.




Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (1864-1961) Edit

Bishop C.H. Mason was the founder and first Senior Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. He was the senior bishop for 54 years from 1907 to his death in 1961. Under his leadership, the denomination built the Mason Temple COGIC in Memphis, and he appointed many bishops over the denomination. He also made the first "constitution" for the denomination. He was the longest serving Senior Bishop of the COGIC denomination.









Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Sr. (1891-1972) Edit

Bishop OT Jones was the second senior bishop of the COGIC for 7 years from 1961 to 1968 who succeeded Bishop Mason. He was an overall good leader of the denomination, but in 1965, the members of the COGIC began demanding regular elections to be held to elect leaders for the denomination, which caused much controversy over his tenure as senior bishop. From 1966 to 1968, several lawsuits were filed against him and his assistant bishops on the General Board. On January 30, 1968, a federal judge ordered an election to be held for the COGIC. Also, a constitutional convention was formed to elect Bishops for the General Board and to decide whether they would keep Bishop Jones in the office of Senior Bishop. Eventually, Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. was elected Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ in 1968. Because of this, Bishop Jones was forced to resign from the office of Senior Bishop.





Bishop James Oglethorpe Patterson, Sr. (1912-1989) Edit

Bishop JO Patterson was Presiding Bishop from 1968 to 1989. He stepped in to take over the office of Presiding Bishop after Bishop OT Jones resigned from the office of Presiding Bishop in 1968. Throughout his tenure, Bishop Patterson worked on institutionalizing the C.O.G.I.C.  Bishop Patterson went down in COGIC history as having been the longest serving Presiding Bishop, having been elected 5 times over a course of 21 years.














Bishop Louis Henry Ford (1914-1995) Edit

Bishop Ford was Presiding Bishop from 1990 to 1995. In the five years that he was Presiding Bishop, he urged the COGIC to "return back to basic holiness" and "go back and get what we started with".














Bishop Chandler David Owens (1932-2011) Edit

Bishop Owens was Presiding Bishop from 1995 to 2000. He succeeded Bishop Ford after his death in 1995. From 1995 to 1999, he worked on institutionalizing the COGIC for the 21st century. He left office in 2000 when Bishop G.E. Patterson was elected Presiding Bishop.














Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson (1939-2007) Edit

Bishop GE Patterson, Bishop JO Patterson's nephew, was Presiding Bishop from 2000 to 2007. His main objective was spreading COGIC Missions all around the world to foreign countries where Christianity was not prominent. Under his leadership, the COGIC reached out to over 2 million people in countries all around the world.










Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. (1940- ) Edit

Bishop CE Blake is the current Presiding Bishop of the COGIC having first been elected in 2008. One of his main objectives is reaching out to those who are poor who live in Sub-Saharan Africa. He, like Bishop Patterson, has worked throughout all his tenure to spread COGIC Missions all around the world. He was reelected to the Office of Presiding Bishop on November 12, 2012.






Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Sr. (1891-1972)Edit

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Bishop OT Jones was the second senior bishop of the COGIC for 7 years from 1961 to 1968 who succeeded Bishop Mason. He was an overall good leader of the denomination, but in 1965, the members of the COGIC began demanding regular elections to be held to elect leaders for the denomination, which caused much controversy over his tenure as senior bishop. From 1966 to 1968, several lawsuits were filed against him and his assistant bishops on the General Board. On January 30, 1968, a federal judge ordered an election to be held for the COGIC. Also, a constitutional convention was formed to elect Bishops for the General Board and to decide whether they would keep Bishop Jones in the office of Senior Bishop. Eventually, Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. was elected Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ in 1968. Because of this, Bishop Jones was forced to resign from the office of Senior Bishop.





Bishop James Oglethorpe Patterson, Sr. (1912-1989)Edit

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Bishop JO Patterson was Presiding Bishop from 1968 to 1989. He stepped in to take over the office of Presiding Bishop after Bishop OT Jones resigned from the office of Presiding Bishop in 1968. Throughout his tenure, Bishop Patterson worked on institutionalizing the C.O.G.I.C.  Bishop Patterson went down in COGIC history as having been the longest serving Presiding Bishop, having been elected 5 times over a course of 21 years.














Bishop Louis Henry Ford (1914-1995)Edit

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Bishop Ford was Presiding Bishop from 1990 to 1995. In the five years that he was Presiding Bishop, he urged the COGIC to "return back to basic holiness" and "go back and get what we started with."














Bishop Chandler David Owens (1932-2011)Edit

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Bishop Owens was Presiding Bishop from 1995 to 2000. He succeeded Bishop Ford after his death in 1995. From 1995 to 1999, he worked on institutionalizing the COGIC for the 21st century. He left office in 2000 when Bishop G.E. Patterson was elected Presiding Bishop.














Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson (1939-2007)Edit

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Bishop GE Patterson, Bishop JO Patterson's nephew, was Presiding Bishop from 2000 to 2007. His main objective was spreading COGIC Missions all around the world to foreign countries where Christianity was not prominent. Under his leadership, the COGIC reached out to over 2 million people in countries all around the world.










Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. (1940- )Edit

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Bishop CE Blake is the current Presiding Bishop of the COGIC having first been elected in 2008. One of his main objectives is reaching out to those who are poor who live in Sub-Saharan Africa. He, like Bishop Patterson, has worked throughout all his tenure to spread COGIC Missions all around the world. He was reelected to the Office of Presiding Bishop on November 12, 2012.

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