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The Symbol of the Church Of God In Christ is an outgrowth of the Presiding Bishop's Coat of Arms which has become quite familiar to the Church. The design of the Official Seal of the Church was created in 1973 and adopted in the General Assembly in 1981 (April Session).
The obvious GARNERED WHEAT in the center of the seal represents all of the people of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. The ROPE of wheat which holds the shaft together represents the Founding Father of the Church, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, who, at the call of the Lord, banded us together as a Brotherhood of Churches in the First Pentecostal General Assembly of the Church, in 1907.
The date in the seal has a two-fold purpose; Firstly, to tell us that Bishop Mason received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in March 1907; and, Secondly, to tell us that it was because of this outpouring that Bishop Mason was compelled to call us together in November of 1907, to organize the Church Of God In Christ.
The RAIN in the background represents the Latter Rain or the End-time Revivals which brought about the emergence of our Church along with other Pentecostal Holiness Bodies in the same era. The rain also serves as a challenge to the Church to keep Christ in the center of our worship and service, so that He may continue to use the Church Of God In Christ as one of the vehicles of Pentecostal Revival before the return of the Lord.
This information was reprinted from the book "So you want to KNOW YOUR CHURCH" by Alferd Z. Hall, Jr.
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Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Clap your hands all ye nations; shout to God with cries of joy! Psalm 47:1
Praise the Lord all his works everywhere in his dominion, Praise the Lord, oh my soul....Psalm 103:22
February 16, 1922 - Johnie C. Williams was the fourth child of eleven children born to Chester and Demmie Williams in Huntingdon, Tennessee. The Williams family resided on one of the five farms owned by his father.
1940 – Johnie C. left Tennessee and went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He moved to Danbury Connecticut for a short time, and then returned to make Milwaukee his home. He attended a school that is now Milwaukee Area Technical College. He was saved, sanctified and baptized with the Holy Ghost under the leadership of the late Elder Virdell and Mother Mary Wallace. Brother Johnie was among the first COGIC saints in Wisconsin.
1942 - He married Sister Ruth Bassett of Gary Indiana. Several years later his only daughter, Lillian Ruth (Peaches) was born. He served God, treasured his family and, worked diligently to provide the best standard of living.
1947 - He accepted God’s calling him to the ministry. Elder J.C. Williams and Mother Ruth Williams founded Holy Tabernacle church in their home. He began his prolific style of leadership as Pastor of Holy Tabernacle/Williams Temple COGIC and has lived to pastor one church longer than any other pastor in the state of Wisconsin. He attended the American Bible College in Chicago, Illinois. Through the years, twelve pastors have emerged from his local church ministry and founded churches across the country. In 1950 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in Springfield, Massachusetts. He went to Detroit, Michigan and prayed hand-on-hand with C.O.G.I.C. founder Bishop C. H. Mason and asks him to appoint Elder W.L. Morris as Wisconsin Overseer. Bishop Mason granted his request and that was the beginning of the first jurisdiction in Wisconsin. In 1951, Elder Williams began 15 years of service as State Sunday School Superintendent representing Southeastern Wisconsin.
1955 - Over the years, Superintendent Williams’ notoriety grew in the National Sunday School Department. During those years he held spiritual “Healing Pool” revivals in the city of Milwaukee. Soon news of the “Healing Pool” spread throughout the country. Wherever he traveled, people were saved, healed and delivered. God performed so miraculously and worked so prophetically though him that people referred to him as “Prophet” Williams. He began 11 years of service as Administrative Assistant to the late Bishop W. L. Morris.
1964 - April he prayed with his wife of 22 years, Mother Ruth Williams who spoke in tongues and praised the Lord, as her spirit went home to heaven. Her Homegoing Celebration was officiated by his close friend and fellow Sunday School Supt. Dr. L.C. Dade of Little Rock, Arkansas In November, Elder Williams and the Holy Tabernacle saints moved into a larger building which was renamed Williams Temple Church of God in Christ.
1965 - He married Sister Millie Sue Ezell who took much pride in being the First Lady.
1968 - Elder Williams traveled around the world several times. He greeted the Pope in Rome Italy, praised the Lord with Dr. Chao in Sole Korea and met the Queen of England in Hong Kong, China. She invited him to London, England. While in London, a prince invited him to King Narcissus' birthday celebration with Lady Dempsey, the Grand Duchess and the Kings court. He returned to London several times and there he received the Humanitarian Award. In 1969 his daughter, Lillian graduated from college and was married at Williams Temple COGIC. Dr. L.C. Dade was the officiator. In 1975 Elder Williams’ only granddaughter was born.
1977 - November, the late Presiding Bishop J.O. Patterson, Bishop C.D. Owens and members of the Presidium honored Elder Williams’ life of stewardship by bestowing on him the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a minister, the sacred and biblical office of Bishop. He named the jurisdiction, 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin.
1997 - He and several COGIC Bishops went to Washington D.C., to the White House. They met and prayed with U.S. President Bill Clinton. In July 1997, his wife of 32 years, Millie Sue Williams passed away. In 1998 his great grandson was born.
1999 - General Board Member, Bishop P.A. Brooks officiated his marriage to Sister Delores Perry, an elementary school educator, a faithful member of Holy Tabernacle/Williams Temple Church and former worker in the national Hospitality Department of the C.O.G.I.C.. In 2005 he began tenure as Pastor of Mount Zion Church of God in Christ.
2007 - He celebrated 60 years as the pastor of Holy Tabernacle/Williams Temple and 30 years as Jurisdictional Bishop. Appearing much younger than his years, he is the Senior Bishop in the Midwest Region of C.O.G.I.C.
Presently - God is yet sending special blessings to Wisconsin Third Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop J.C. Williams. He is known by his warm smile, friendly disposition and handsome appearance wherever he goes. He has been a mentor, role model and biblical scholar among godsons (General Board Member, Bishop Sedgewick Daniels and Pastor Victor C. Davis) and to countless other Ministers, Elders, Pastors and Bishops worldwide who claim him as a spiritual Dad. He continues his generous spirit as he leads the people with his wife Evangelist Delores Williams “The Jewel of the Jurisdiction” by his side. People all over the world have been touched by the life and works of this great humanitarian, Bishop J. C. Williams.
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