one of the States forming the Historical Triangle of the Church
Of God In Christ, is the State of Incorporation for our church.
Along with the States of Mississippi and Arkansas, Tennessee has
served as the foundation for the church that has become known as
one of the fastest growing churches in the world.
State contains a great amount of our church’s history. It
is the place of birth of our founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason;
it is the State where the Historic Mason Temple is located and also
the place from which our ministry is conducted throughout the fifty
States of America and fifty-six countries around the world.
the leaders produced by the Church Of God In Christ, a great number
have called the State of Tennessee home. In the embryonic stage
of the church, God used Bishop Mason to identify and prepare men
and women for service who became well-recognized luminaries. As
time passed, others were trained to step into the roles of leadership
that have resulted in the success we now enjoy as a religious communion.
one time, the entire State was under the auspices of one man; however,
growth necessitated additional leadership, which led to the creation
of East and West Jurisdictions. With a spirit of evangelism permeating
the State, growth again dictated additional leadership. It was through
this need that the third jurisdiction was created.
official agreement was drawn up of strict geographical boundaries
designating the location of the three jurisdictions. It was determined
that the churches located within the city limits of Memphis would
comprise the Headquarters jurisdiction. All churches located in
the boundaries from the easternmost border of Tennessee westward
to the Tennessee River would be called the Eastern Jurisdiction
of Tennessee. The remaining territory would be known as the Central
Headquarters Jurisdiction would serve as the seat of the Presiding
Bishop and the East Jurisdiction would be led by Bishop Audley King,
one of the pioneering pastors of the eastern region of the State.
To fill the role of leader for the newly created Jurisdiction, the
leadership of the church rewarded one of its most diligent workers.
It was on August 1, 1981, at the end of the Jurisdictional Convocation
that Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr., Presiding Bishop of the church
announced that Auxiliary Bishop, W.L. Porter, would be elevated
to the Sacred Office of Jurisdictional Prelate and would be assigned
to the new jurisdiction.
to show the aggressive leadership for which he was known throughout
the church, Bishop Porter immediately began to seek new quarters
from which he would be able to administer the affairs of the jurisdiction.
His quest would lead him to purchase the former Calvary Baptist
Church, which yet serves as the Headquarter Offices for the Tennessee
Central Jurisdiction. It was from this site that the Service of
Consecration and Installation was held for Bishop Porter. From that
night, October 8, 1981, the Central Jurisdiction has grown to become
the largest of the Jurisdictions in the state of Tennessee.
geographic reach of churches in this fellowship spans from Memphis
to Chattanooga and beyond. It is comprised of over 70 churches and
growing. Presently, there are 11 districts throughout the State
These Districts Include:
// Brownsville // Jackson // McDowell Memorial // Memphis // Nashville
// New Clarksville // New Millington // Parsons // Ripley // Rossville
Brandon B. Porter has been chosen,
for such a time as this, to continue the legacy and succeed his
father. In November 2009, during the 102nd International Holy Convocation,
Bishop Brandon B. Porter was consecrated as the Jurisdictional Prelate
of the Central Ecclesiatical Jurisdiction of Tennessee.
of the success of Central Tennessee can be attributed to Bishop
W.L. Porter. This visionary leader tremendous insight on how to
organize and energize people to fulfill the needs of ministry. There
is an array of opportunities for ministry workers and leaders to
utilize their gifts and talents for the Kingdom of God.
the opportunity to continue the legacy, while holding up the arms
of our newly appointed Jurisdictional Prelate, the capable, Bishop
Brandon B. Porter.
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