Bean and Prince Contractors Salutes Historic Black Memphian – Bishop Charles H. Mason


Born into slavery, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (1864]-1961) founded the worldwide Church of God in Christ (COGIC). He organized his first church in 1907 with a handful of worshipers. At the time of his death, the church, with its headquarters in Memphis, had become one of the largest black denominations in America with 5,000 churches in 48 of the 50 states and Haiti, Puerto Rico, Africa, Mexico, Bermuda and the Virgin Islands. Under Bishop Mason’s spiritual and apostolic direction our church has grown from ten congregations in 1907, to the largest Pentecostal group in America. The membership of the Church of God in Christ grew from three million in 1973 to an estimated 5.2 million in 1997. Churches under the parent body in Memphis, Tennessee, are now established throughout the United States, on every continent, and in many of the islands of the sea.

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