MEMPHIS, TN (January 4, 2013) Nine Church of God in Christ churches that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy will receive assistance.
FRONT (L-R): Pastor Thomas Michael, Sr. (New Redeemed Pentecostal Temple COGIC, Atlantic City, NJ); Pastor Buddy Williams (Gethsemane COGIC, Inwood, NY); Pastor James Pelt (Highway COGIC, Far Rockaway, NY); Dr. Sylvia Green-Testamark (Community COGIC, Arvene, NY); Pastor Mark Beavers (Harvest on the Atlantic-Soul Stirring COGIC, Island Park, NY); Pastor Bennie Moorer (Bethlehem COGIC, Rockaway Beach, NY).
REAR (L-R): Pastor Simeon Harris (Living Proof COGIC, Bayshore, NY); Superintendent James Pullings, Jr. (Disaster Relief Coordinator); Bishop Frank O. White (General Board Member); Bishop Frank Anthone White (Financial Secretary, COGIC); Pastor John E. Kitchen, Sr. (Mt. Zion COGIC, Atlantic City, NJ).
NOT PRESENT: Pastor James Holland (Far Rockaway COGIC, Far Rockaway, NY)
The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is giving $50,000 to COGIC churches damaged by Sandy. The churches that will receive these funds are:
The damage includes ocean water entering church buildings, destroying roofing, flooring and electronic equipment. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., says “the damage to our churches in the Northeast corridor was particularly severe in New York and New Jersey. We understand the need thus, COGIC is committed to providing assistance to our churches with this $50,000 donation.”
Bishop Blake further states, “in the aftermath of the hurricane some COGIC churches have been displaced by the damage to their buildings. These funds will go a long way in helping to get our churches back on their feet. The money will be dispersed immediately so that construction and repairs can begin as soon as possible.”
In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. The storm became the largest and costliest Atlantic hurricane on record. The hurricane killed 125 people in the United States alone. An estimate of losses due to damage and business interruption is over $60 billion.
The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination in the United States, the largest Pentecostal church in the country and the second largest Pentecostal organization in the world with churches in 60 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members.