- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The Church Of God In Christ General Assembly will host the Service of Installation for Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. and COGIC's General Board and officers on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
The high-profile historic event will be held at Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G. E. Patterson Ave.
Over 4,000 people from Memphis, the Mid-South and various points around the world, are expected to attend. The service will kick off the church's three-day business meeting at Mason Temple, world headquarters for the 6.5 million-member Pentecostal denomination.
Several Memphians will be installed on a national level. They are:
• Elder Charles H. Mason Patterson, pastor of Pentecostal Temple Institutional COGIC, who will be installed as national treasurer. He is the son of the late Bishop J. O. Patterson Jr. and the great-grandson of COGIC founder Bishop Charles H. Mason.
• Bishop Brandon B. Porter, pastor of Greater Community Temple COGIC, who will be installed as a member of the General Board.
• Elder David Hall Jr., son of Bishop David A. Hall Sr., who will be installed as a trustee board member, along with Georgia Lowe, wife of Bishop Samuel L. Lowe.
Supervisor Geraldine E. Miller is the Adjutant of Consecration.
"This is going to be a spectacular ecumenical community event," said Bishop Hall Sr., chairman of the Service of Installation.
"We have received overwhelming support from the civic, political, religious and business community. Memphis is our world headquarters."
Sponsors include Plummer Financial Services, Citizens Bank, Cigna, City of Memphis, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tri-State Bank.