Church of God in Christ
Search Timelines:

Founder
Charles Price Jones, Charles Harrison Mason
Time Period
1897
Description
Charles Price Jones and Charles Harrison Mason founded the Church of God in Christ (commonly called COGIC and pronounced "ko-gik") in 1897 in Mississippi. Prior to the founding of COGIC, both men were excommunicated by black Baptists in Mississippi after they began preaching the Wesleyan teaching of Entire Sanctification. Mason adopted the name Church of God in Christ after Thessalonians 2:14, which he claims was divinely revealed to him. In 1907, COGIC became Pentecostal under the leadership of Mason. Primarily African-American, COGIC is the oldest black Pentecostal denomination in the United States. Although it started as a small sect, it became the largest black Pentecostal body in the world.
Interactive Timeline(s)
Prominent Religious Events and People in American History
Race/Ethnicity and Religion
Browse Related Timeline Entries
Prominent Religious Events and People in American History
Race/Ethnicity and Religion in American History
Religious Groups
Timeline Entries for the same religious group Holiness Family
Holiness Family: Other ARDA Links

Timeline Entries for the same religious group Pentecostal Family
Pentecostal Family: Other ARDA Links

Photographs

Mason Temple, Church of God in Christ- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Jim Roberts (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Bishop Charles Harrison Mason- Wikimedia Commons- photo by IntellectualChristianWikiUser (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Charles Price Jones portrait- Hathi Trust- from The Negro Trail Blazers of California by Delilah L. Beasley

Elder Kelsey, Church of God in Christ service- Library of Congress, LC-USW3-010246-C
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Melton, J. Gordon, 1978. The Encyclopedia of American Religions, Vol. 1. Wilmington, NC: McGrath Publishing Company.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

Bookmark and Share