The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States, will meet for its annual Holy Convocation, November 4-12, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, at America’s Center.
The COGIC Scholars Fellowship, a network of scholars within the COGIC, is hosting a series of presentations during Holy Convocation, to be held on November 6, 7, and 9, from 10 am to 12 pm, in Room 161.
Scheduled speakers at the COGIC Scholars Fellowship Academic Forum are below:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Presenter: Min. Anntoinette McFadden, M.Div. candidate, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Presentation: “Hermeneutics of Gender in Ordained Ministry Among Leadership of a Historically Black Trinitarian Pentecostal Denomination”
The Mount Calvary Holy Church of America denomination has ordained women at the beginning of its history. The Imago Dei (The Image of God) of the leaders of the denomination allow for gender equality in ordained ministry and the appointment of women to the offices of overseer and bishop. Married couples serve as pastor and co-pastor of many churches. In addition, women function as lead pastors of some local churches. This presentation will explore the role and function of women in ministry within this denomination as well as the concept of team ministry among couples in the pastorate.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
Presenter: Mother Mary P. Patterson, B.A., Executive Director, Pentecostal Heritage Connection, Memphis, TN
Presentation: “Pentecostal Heritage Connection: Staying Connected with our Lexington Mississippi Roots”
The Pentecostal Heritage Connection (PHC) was established in 2006 through the God- given vision to Mother Mary P. Patterson. PHC is charged with the sacred MISSION to educate and share the history of the COGIC, and its founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. The VISION is to support the C.H. Mason Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA and assist in promoting the school as one of the prestigious seminaries in the world. In addition, it aim is to support and promote Lexington/Holmes County, Mississippi as the birthplace of the COGIC, its founder, Bishop C.H. Mason and Dr. Arenia C. Mallory, President of Saints Industrial & Literary School/Saints Junior College/St Academy of Lexington, MS. Attendees of this session will hear of the prominent role that Saints played in the development of the denomination and the accomplishments and future goals of the Pentecostal Heritage Connection.
Presenter: Elder Elijah L. Hill, Th.B., MBA, Ph.D. candidate, Grand Canyon University
Book Presentation: The Triumph of the Black Church
Our founding Fathers stated in 1776 that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Within this book, The Triumph of the Black Church, will be revealed Bishop Charles Harrison Mason’s extraordinary life story. Mason, an African American religious leader stood upon his First Amendment civil liberties of freedom of religion and freedom to assemble at the height of the Jim Crow system in America.
Mason’s Pentecostal message through the gospel of Jesus Christ institutionalized a unique precedence in America by contradicting Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, which gave support to segregation and Jim Crow. The Seditious Act of 1918 violated and falsely imprisoned many religious groups in America during World War I of which Bishop Charles H. Mason’s trial was at the forefront.
Author Signing immediately following session.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013
Presenter: Dr. Louis McNeal, Mount Zion Church Ministries COGIC, Phoenix, AZ
Book Presentation: From the Backside of the Desert to God’s Mountaintop: A Centennial Celebration of the COGIC in Arizona 1911-2011
From the Backside of the Desert to God’s Mountaintop is a long overdue scholarly history of the tremendous sacrifice and contribution the COGIC has made to the spiritual and economic development of Arizona in the past century. Dr. McNeal deals with the delicate balance of hope, truth, and racism in a way that challenges the very core of the human detailing the life and times of many African-American believers in the COGIC in the last century.
Author Signing immediately after session.
COGIC SCHOLARS FELLOWSHIP MISSION STATEMENT:
The COGIC Scholars Fellowship is a supportive network that seeks to provide an intellectually stimulating forum for dialogue within the denomination for COGIC members who have obtained, or are presently pursuing, graduate level degrees in religious/theological studies or other related academic disciplines. In achieving this goal, the COGIC Scholars Fellowship seeks to stimulate academic scholarship among COGIC members; to encourage the pursuit of academic training for ministry and scholarship; to recognize and promote scholarly achievements of COGIC members especially in the area of published works; to connect COGIC members with the on-going scholarship of the Academy and the wider Pentecostal Movement in particular; and to provide opportunities for mentoring to other COGIC members who are contemplating pursuing graduate level training in religious/theological studies or other related academic disciplines.
- Coordinator: Elder Raynard Smith, Ph.D., New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ, Greater Harvest Evangelistic COGIC, Newark, NJ
- Assistant to Coordinator: Elder Eric Lewis Williams, ABD, University of Edinburgh, UK, St. Luke COGIC, Chicago, IL
- Evangelist Glenda Williams Goodson, M.B.A., The Center for African American Church History and Research, Open Door COGIC, Dallas, TX
- Elder Eric Greaux, Ph.D., Winston-Salem State University; Triad COGIC, Turnersville, NC
- Elder Charles Hill, D.Min., C. H. Mason Bible College & Institute at Houston; Fort Bend COGIC, Houston, TX
- Elder Oscar Owens, M.Div., West Angeles Bible College, West Angeles COGIC, Los Angeles, CA