Church of God in Christ

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
Religious Groups
Holiness Family: Other Timeline Entries

Holiness Family: Other ARDA Links

Pentecostal Family: Other Timeline Entries

Pentecostal Family: Other ARDA Links

Photographs

Church of God in Christ- Mason Temple- USC Digital Library

Church of God in Christ- Bishop Charles Harrison Mason- USC Digital Library

Church of God in Christ- original tabernacle- USC Digital Library

Church of God in Christ- service by Elder Kelsey- Library of Congress, LC-USW3-010246-C
Source(s)
Queen, Edward and 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: Research Associate, The Association of Religion Data Archives

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