Bishop Charles E. Blake Voted COGIC Presiding Bishop by Landslide!!!



Congratulations to Bishop Charles E. Blake who was voted by his denomination the Church of God In Christ as their new presiding bishop. In this the 100th year of the organizations existence in ministry, the church held an election this month during it’s 100th Holy Convocation which convenes annually in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. This was a celebration like no other and over 50,000 saints were in attendance as the church reflected on the past and recoginzed the present, and projected and embraced the future. Earlier this year the church’s then prelate Bishop Gilber Earl Patterson past away, and Bishop Charles Blake who was the 1st Administrative assistant became the presiding Bishop by proxy. However, after this weeks election it became official as Bishop Charles Blake won the election by a landslide of votes. The Exact count after the votes were tallied was Bishop Chandler Owens, 486 vote, Bishop Winbush 37 votes, Bishop Haynes 241 votes and Bishop Charles Blake, 2986 votes.

28 Responses to “Bishop Charles E. Blake Voted COGIC Presiding Bishop by Landslide!!!”

  1. 1 kenneth November 13, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I wonder why Bishop Blake didn’t leave Bishop Haynes as 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop. He also chose Bishop P.A. Brooks as 1st Asst. Presiding Bishop and Bishop Macklin as 2nd Asst. Presiding Bishop. Bishop Macklin has only been on the General Board since 2004. I would of thought of thought he would of picked someone, whith more senoirity on the General Board.

  2. 2 ByFaith November 13, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I’m so glad for Bishop Blake. To God be the glory. “All things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose”.

  3. 3 thebookbinder November 14, 2007 at 5:05 am

    In response to Kenneth’s question regarding assistant presiding bishops.

    In the beginning of COGIC elections forty years ago, the posts of first and second assistants were filled in order of votes received.

    However this was changed when Bishop L. H. Ford set new precedent, which was followed by C. D. Owens and G. E. Patterson, who as Presiding Bishop selected their own assistants.

  4. 4 Narda November 14, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    When GOD says it, that settles it!!! (smile)

  5. 5 Missionary Mary Joyce Pratt November 15, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    This is how the Lord order it to go up and this is the way it went down. Bishop P.A. Brooks, has been a humble servant for many years. Every Bishop, Every Supt. Every Elder, Every Evanglist, Every Missionary at one point need the chance to let their light shine and preach and teach the Gospel.

    Bishop Blake and Lady Blake, God has already bless you, so I cannot say anything but, “I will see you at the next Women Meeting.

    God Bless.

  6. 6 Senior Stateman November 16, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Bishop Haynes ran against Bishop Blake. And, as you see, received very little support. Haynes was a part of a group “hating” on Bishop Blake. So that is why he was demoted.

  7. 7 Midwest_Saint November 17, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    If I was Haynes, I would have never served as 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop, after serving as 1st Assistant under Owens. He went from Board Member, to 1st Assistant (to Owens), 2nd Assistant (to Patterson), 1st Assistant (to Blake prior to the election) now back to Board Member (after the election).

    I have nothing against Bishop Blake, I enjoy hearing him preach, I pray that he be led of God throughout his tenure. People should not hate on Bishop Owens or Bishop Haynes.

    People run election because they desire the position. Because one is elected does not mean he is God choice or the People’s Choice.

    Some times its the person’s popularity with the people that gives him the edge. Check the history of the church.

    Although Blake has the largest COGIC church, Bishop Patterson was more popular especially on TV (BET) and thus won the 2000 vote.

    As of now and possibly for long time, nobody is going to be as popular as Bishop Blake. None of the board members stand a chance as the next presiding bishop.

    In 2008, the biggest election issue pertaining to the general board who will replace the following people:

    You know Bishops now see the great opportunity to replace Bishop Owens and Bishop Haynes. Since Bishop Winbush dropped out of the race he might be safe. Bishop Wright position might be safe, but of course Bishops are going to challenge his seat, since he is new to the board.

    Unless Bishop Anderson decides to retire, he will probably get re-elected because he is a treasure on the general board and in the church. Bishop Green seat should be fine.

    In near future or after the 2008 election, I am waiting to see if Bishop Blake is going to divide up his Jurisdiction in CA. I believe he overseers 250 churches in CA. Since he will probably be presiding bishop a long time, he can create 5 jurisdictions each with 50 churches and appoint 4 Bishop, since he will preside over one of the jurisdictions.

    • 8 Elder C. D. Briwder March 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I agree with everything you stated. Voting results do not state God’s plan. We have turned the church into one big government. I know we need rules and order but we have “ruled” and “ordered” God and His presence right out of the church. Out of all of the District, State, and National Meetings, you get plenty of money raised, rules and business but very little if any glory, deliverence, and salvation! God is not pleased!

  8. 9 Evangelist Foster November 20, 2007 at 2:24 am

    Greetings in Christ;
    I wish for everyone who doesn’t know, to know that The Most Honored Charles E. Blake is an anointed, God-fearing and kind man. During the Convocation he wasn’t received very well as he should have been respected more. Of course we all loved Bishop Patterson, but it is time to let go and let God continue His work. One must believe that Bishop Patterson was led by God when he appointed Bishop Blake as his 1st Assistant and appreciate the power of the Holy Ghost. I was so appalled by the comments being made by people who claim to love God. Some were messy enough to start rumors, others were even messier to carry them on but the messiest were to ones who just jumped on board and didn’t have a clue. The clue is that whom God has anointed the Holy Ghost has appointed. I say Bishop Blake is able spiritually, visionally and financially to carrier the COGIC to high heights and deeper depths then any of those who ran against him in more ways than one. We love Bisop Blake in California and we represented in number during the Convoction to support Our Jurisdictional Bishop. The Bishop said it best “If God be for you, who can be against you?” Bishop is a smart man and he knows who stands with him and who’s against him. If you have a problem with the man of God for wanting a promising future for us, then where really is your Holy Ghost. Some of the Leaders need to be re-dipped in the Spirit again, they know who they are. There’s no room for strife, envy and jealousy. Pray Pray Pray and stop backbiting.

  9. 10 Bynes Gospel Music November 20, 2007 at 7:49 am

    What we have to realize is that God is and will always be in full control. God eithers places leaders in positions, or allows leaders to lead in a position. If we pray and maintain our faith and belief in the word, we wont worry about a title or position. If the position if for us, and God wants us to have it, it will be ours. If God doesn’t want us to have it, it won’t be ours. He is lord, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess….
    No matter who is the leader, someone will always have a problem with something. As long as you are saved, and you are instrumental in helping the get others to know who God is so they can be saved, you have done your job.

  10. 11 Elder Frank McCracken November 20, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Congragtulations to a great church and a great leader. My uncle, Elder A. D. Baxter was chairman of the C.O.G.I.C. Elders Council… He and then Elder Charles Blake became close friends… It is good to see someone who has labored in the field given the opportunity and honor to become the overeer of that field. Too often we soon forget. Mark Anthony said it well of Caesar…. “The evil that men do lives after them … The good is often interred with their bones”…. Well… Thank God that the good that Bishop Blake has done is continuing to be noted … and he is being remembered in his lifetime…. He has been blessed by God to receive his flowers and to smell them also.
    Let us all always remember and never ever forget to pray for our leader and for our church…. The prayers of the righteous availeth much… The “Personal Development” of COGIC rests with God and his chosen leader [Bishop Blake]…. In closing let me say to you the publisher of this page. Thank you and may God bless you for your practical wisdom, practical words and for giving thought to us practical people by providing to us this forum….

    Eld. Frank D. Baxter McCracken
    Healing Touch Ministries

  11. 12 Senior Statesman November 25, 2007 at 2:21 am

    I differ with an earlier post. Bishop Blake was well received. I was there. I was in various venues and settings. God was with him. Bishop Blake carried himself gracefully, and the people by a huge landslide want him to carry on the ministry of COGIC.

    In fact, I was in the general assembly where it was a no brainer as to what would happen. People-a huge majority of them-have shifted their loyalty from G.E. To Bishop Blake and are not only praying for him but voting for him. His choices for assistants were good. Brooks stood with Blake and as a result the Michigan Area were very prominent in Centennial activities. The second Assistant-Bishop Macklin was a good pick in that he is a good worker, and chaired the centennial. There is nothing saying you have to be on the board X amount to years to get a top job on there. Work has to be done and Bishop Macklin has worked in AIM, UNAC, Nat’l Sunday School, etc. so he’ll do a good job. But clearly, Bishop Blake is the man and we should line up and follow him as he follows Christ.

    He has already doubled the mission budget and it positioning COGIC to do a greater work in the foreign field. Visit his website COGICPRESIDINGBISHOP.ORG to learn more about his vision and what he will do.

  12. 13 Victor Conedy November 27, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Wow! Although I don’t think I mean it in quite the way you think I do, it is amazing the lack of growth that has occurred in the church body as a whole since I was a little tyke. I remember preachers back in the 1960’s talking about back-biting and rumors and such and as the vote is being absorbed I see that such a thing is STILL a problem. As a church, even though we have been exposed to much new information and have much better access to the media than ever before, we are still very infantile in our outlook. What I mean is this; How can we live in a Democracy and vote for our leaders year after year and still believe that God puts one leader in place over another? Surely you don’t think that the Bush presidency was ordained by God, do you? I mean if you do, then you must also believe that God is punishing us and thousands of troops for some infraction. Of course God has every right to manipulate and guide our everyday lives like that if he wants to, but then He would also have to take responsibility for every consequence AND what about free will? Reality check: As a legal entity, the National COGIC church has a legal obligation to elect its leaders in a fair and open election and by following its own by-laws which have been approved by its membership to elect and select its board members. Of course, this ASSUMES that some of the members would actually READ the by-laws and if they SEE a violation of the by-laws, the lay member would point such a violation out and that the rest of the membership would be appalled and ask the board to correct itself. That has not occurred. What ACTUALLY happens is that no one reads the by-laws, the board does whatever it wants to do, and if any laymember points out an infraction he or she is called a “hater” or someone who is going against God. This is understandable, because it is much easier to take no responsibility and to say that “God is in control”. This way, the church as a whole doesn’t have to do any homework and no one can blame it for any thing that goes wrong. It is the easy way out, and most of us take it and that is what the leadership counts on. Believe me, ask any of them, they don’t want any of us to even read the by-laws, let alone follow them. For them, the by-laws are just for show. God directs them. If God wants a certain person on the board, then so be it. Think about that for a moment. All powerful God, wants a certain person on the board and yet, even He can’t get that person on the board without violating a bylaw. Hmmmmm…how is that possible? Couldn’t God get someone on the board without violating bylaws? Without cutting corners? Maybe it is US who are cutting corners and not God. Is that possible? I think that is the better answer. In our church, it is very easy to use visions and the voice of God to get our own agenda to be accepted by the people. It is even easier to convince ourselves that our agenda is the choice of God and not ours. One quick way to tell? Do you personally benefit from the choice? Is the person you want for the board the best person who will act in a fiduciary way for the organization? Or is that person someone who is easy to work with and agrees with you on most issues? If you can think about that question honestly (and if you know what fiduciary means) then you can make a proper choice. Of course, this involves work and intelligence and of all the easy way outs that there are, ignorance is the best excuse.
    So, congratulations on God’s choice for our new leader and all of his subsequent choices. I am glad he won, can you image how mad God would be if his candidate lost?

    • 14 carrie October 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      Mr. Conedy
      I have been searching the web for a copy of the bylaws, could you please direct me as to where I could find a copy. I would really appreciate it
      Thanks, Carrie

  13. 15 denise December 4, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Good Morning,

    I have been searching the site to obtain a copy of Bishop Patterson’s latest that is being promoted in the amt of $50.00. I lost the information i received off the TV, so can you please direct me, thanks.

  14. 16 Eld Rashid Mitchell December 9, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    God bless you in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
    I have made time to read all that has been said and thought concerning the election of our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. What we have to consider more than anything else is the direction that the church is going in and who is leading it and guiding it. What is more improtant is the years to come and what kind of legacy we leave to the ones who follow us. The spiritial position of the leadership is in tack, thanks in large part to our late Presiding Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, and the structure of how we operate is second to none as far as any other church intity. The task of each of us is to allow the Holy Ghost to do the work in you that we can go in the direction of the administration to BE LOYAL TO THE LEADERSHIP of the church. If we have a problem with something that is going on give prayer a try. Let us also remember, that rebelion is as witchcraft, ie. satan!!!!

  15. 17 D10 December 10, 2007 at 11:30 pm


    Its clear the assembly is looking for a leader that has accomplished much and has a history of success. Bishop Blake’s campaign theme was if you want to see what a man will do look at what he has already done and also follow him

    I believe Bishop Haynes will be safe in 08 to win a seat on the General Board. It is clear he is well known in the church however he cannot compete against Bishop Blake for presiding Bishop.

    We also much understand that this vote just did not happen. Bishop Blake was well organized and most likely had most of his Pastors of his jurisdiction at the assembly.
    Although i know that is not enough to make up the over 2900 votes he won and it is clear the COGIC assembly’s choice was Bishop Blake.

    Bishop Haynes and all the other members of the general board who will run in 08 must organize support early from thier own juritsdictions and present themselves in a positive light accros the country.

    I do not feel Bishops have to become yes men to Bishop Blake to win a seat on the General Board since we need a variety of thoughts. However we do not need opposition just because you do not like another board member.

    I close with our presiding Bishops favorite saying.
    I see the COGIC in the future and we look better than we do now.

    God Bless You

  16. 18 Church Man December 12, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Congradulations Bishop Blake! I feel that the church will move forward under your leadership. As for Bishop Haynes, keep hangin in there! I believe that change is imperative to the church of God in Christ. With all the technology and education that is floating in the church now, we need a Presiding Bishop who knows how to talk about more than just himself and his family. Please help us Bishop Blake, we need more church growth seminars, community involvement in our local churches, and innovative ideas that will bring quality not just quantity to our jurisdictions. I am in full support of your administration.

  17. 19 Dennis R Williams Se April 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    If Bishop Haynes had not pushed to have an election he would have moved up to 1st Asst presiding Bishop and remained there until the election in Nov 08. But since it was such a press to have a new election and Bishop Blake won then he has the right to select new assistants or retain the old ones his choice was to get new ones. nothing personal, just his choice

  18. 20 Determined to Win May 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

    I am not necessarily a fan of Bishop Blake’s preaching, but I love his spirit. He is very humble and a people person. He possess the right qualities to take our organization to the next level. He chose the best 2 Bishop’s on the board to serve as his assistants. Don’t sleep on Bishop Brooks he is anointed, a great business man, a thinker, and his maturity and longevity in serving on the board speaks for itself. Bishop Macklin has not been on the General Board long, but he did have a very successful run as AIM Chairman. I just think it’s wonderful to see the transition taking place. Bishop Blake is a strong leader and not intimidating by other great men and I just believe it’s his time to serve, I just pray for his health…it seems like the position of Presiding Bishop can be a death wish…it’s a good thing Bishop Owens didn’t hold on to the seat.

    • 21 twp September 11, 2010 at 5:39 am

      I agree, I does look like a death wish. Bishop Owens should look at it like this too. Maybe this was God’s plan for him, to allow him to like longer by removing the stress of leadership of that magnitude from him, thus granting him the opportunity to enjoy the life He blessed him with.

  19. 22 NYC Elder July 14, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    First of all to respond to Victor Conedy, I do not mean any offense my brother, but if you are as learned in the scripture as you present yourself with respect to the sociopolitical realm, then you would know that it is not abdicating our own intelligence or free will to understand as a child of God that God is ultimately in control. Did God vote for President Bush? Of course not, certain americans did, but the Word declares that the Lord reigneth on the Just and the Unjust. God has also commanded that the people of God pray for kings and magistrates and all who are in worldly authority. Therefore it is a basic fundamental understanding of the Word for a child of God to recognize that no matter who gets elected to what office whether in the secular realm or in an incorporated church body, it will not happen unless the Sovereign God allows it in His permissive will. And we as man will never understand why God allows certain things, but unlike atheists who use things like hurricane Katrina to espouse the issue of “if God is real, why would He allow something like this?” we as believers know that we can never comprehend the mind of God as His ways are from our ways and His thoughts from our thoughts as the East is from the West. And we should not get into fruitless debates or “endless geneaologies” as Apostle Paul warned against, that are fruitless and not edifying because it is not our job to understand the mind of God only to understand His revealed Will as we come to know it through His Word and to understand that “all things work together” for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.

  20. 23 NYC Elder July 14, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Also one does not have to be politically astute to see the handwriting on the wall and to understand that is promoting Bishop Macklin, Bishop Blake is doing like many wise and experienced leaders (as Moses with Joshua, Elijah with Elisha, etc) and preparing the leadership for the church’s future. Bishop Macklin may not have been on the General Board as long, but he is one of the most dynamic and charismatic leaders the COGIC has and he is only 54 years old on a board where the majority are in their 70’s and 80’s. If the Lord delay His coming, it is my belief and the belief of many others who are paying attention that it will be Bishop Macklin’s destiny in his season and in God’s timing to become the leader of this church.


  21. 24 Victor Conedy January 31, 2009 at 2:46 am

    To response to NYC Elder. No disrespect is ever intened in any discussion on my part. I only point out that your logic is, well illogical. To say on the one hand that God is in control of everything and/or that God allows this or that to happen is the same as blaming Him for everything. Surely, even in the most mysterious ways of God he would not “allow” a child to be crushed to death in a car accident at the age of 6 years, or a bus load of church goers on the way to a Godfest to go over a cliff after they have just prayed to Him for a safe trip. These things happen all the time, and we appease ourselves by saying “God works in mysterious ways.” As if God allowed a bus to go off a cliff killing all aboard but one so that the survivor could become this great preacher for God going around the country in a wheelchair praising him for sparing his life. This is just balm for our souls. We need to make sense out of a sensless world. The reality is, things happen. God did not invent buses, or cars or airplanes. He created man, and man creates great destruction and great creation out of all the raw materials available in this world. Sometimes man blows himself up making crystal meth in his garage. There is no meaning or reason to it. My belief is that God works on a much grander scale, not that he is not concerned or mindful of man’s trivial day to day activities, but that He allows us free will. What are we if we can not choose to blow ourselves up, even if accidentally? It is simply a crutch for the masses and platitudes doled out by men of the cloth to greiving widows and fatherless children at funerals to give meaning to a meaningless death. Things happen and sometimes as a result of those things happening, good things happen and at the same time sometimes worse things happen as a result. Sadly, there is no pattern, no ryhme, no universal theme. This is what free will is, randomness. There are many things in the Bible which support what you say about the mysterious purpose of all things working together for the good. The same Bible depicts events and history that contradict those same tenants. Am I being blasphemous by saying that the Bible contradicts itself? No, it is man who contradicts himself in his interpretation of the Bible. If it were not so, there would be only one religion, yet we have hundreds of religions based on the very same book and yet the religions are vastly different from each other. This is because of perception. All of us can’t be right, and we can’t all be completely wrong either. But it is in the open and honest discussion of the issues without the vehement stubborness that leads to religious wars that helps us move forward in a mature way. Knowing that you may not have ALL the answers is the first step in gaining real knowledge. Let the zealots kill each other after praying to the same God for help in destroying the “infidels”. We are above such childish behavior, even in conversation.

  22. 25 my goodness October 5, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    yall are so political and none of yall probably got a drip of christ in you. so busy worshiping man and missing the entire mark! my goodness! what a bunch of political church dummies you are!

  23. 26 ererreguige January 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Amazing, I did not heard about that up to now. Thanks.

  24. 27 Britten June 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    can anyone tell me who can vote in the general assembly cogic.

  25. 28 rose porter November 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I just love the COGIC. But it would really be nice if we could stop sooooo much walking. I was at a convocation a few years ago, service on sunday was beautiful but hard to concentrate because of all the walking mostly by women. Now I AM A WOMEN, but tooo much walking is not needed and is not only disrespectful and disruptive to the service, but a great disrespect for the h ouse of God. It Needs to stop. The clothes and th e hats are beautiful. maybe a fashion show if needed.

    Here’s Love

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