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.In
1975, Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr. elevated Bishop W. L.
Porter to the rank of National Auxiliary Bishop due to his major
contributions and impact to the National Church. In 1981, when Bishop
J. O. Patterson, Sr. made the decision to resign as the prelate
of Headquarters Jurisdiction, the General Board assisted him in
restructuring the State of Tennessee. The Lord made choice of Bishop
Porter, through the Presiding Bishop, to serve as the founding Bishop
of the Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Tennessee. Bishop
Porter was consecrated and announced on August 1, 1981 by Presiding
Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr. to the Office of Jurisdictional Bishop.
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 12 districts throughout the State
of Tennessee & Louisiana.
These Districts Include:
// Memphis Southeast // Bolivar // New Clarksville // Brownsville
// New Millington
Chattanooga/Nashville // Parsons // Jackson // Ripley // Memphis
Northwest // Rossville
Brandon B. Porter Bishop 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 Ecclesiastical
Jurisdiction of Tennessee.
Much of the success of Central
Tennessee can be attributed to Bishop W. L. Porter. This visionary
leader had 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
talents and gifts for the Kingdom of God.
We embrace the opportunity
to continue the legacy, while holding up the arms of our Jurisdictional
Prelate, the capable, Bishop Brandon B. Porter.