Greater St. Paul
Church of God in Christ
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts” Haggai 2:9
Paul Street Church of God in Christ moved from 20th and Paul
Street to Clair Memorial United Methodist Church at 22nd and Miami Street under the leadership of Elder and Mother Charles (Luxola) Williams in 1962. This was the beginning of the Church of God in Christ at this location. The name was changed to St. Paul COGIC. Elder and Mother Williams served at St. Paul until their health failed. Elder Curtis Timmons and Elder Howard, at separate times, served as Assistant Pastors with Elder and Mother Williams.
Pastor Henrietta Williams, daughter of Pastor and Mother Williams, prophesied that St. Paul would grow to be a large church.
Other pastors that served after Pastor and Mother Williams were Bishop Vernon Richardson, Elder Jerry Richardson, Elder Howard, Elder Phillips, and Elder Coleman.
In 1982, Elder Joseph B. Pickens moved his church, Inspirational COGIC, which was meeting in his home, to St. Paul COGIC. The name changed to Inspirational St. Paul COGIC. Pastor Pickens died in August 1984, and Missionary Ann Pickens carried on the work until August 1985.
On August 4, 1985, Bishop Monte J. Bradford presented Elder Joseph L. Shannon, Sr. as Pastor of St. Paul COGIC. The church began with no finances and five members. There were not even any offering plates to receive the offering. The Lord moved on Mr. John Bradley to purchase offering plates and donate an offering of $50.00 to start the church’s general fund account.
The vision of Pastor Shannon had been to renovate our condemned facilities in 1987. In two years and ten months, the mortgage was paid in full. The church name was changed to Greater St. Paul Ministries COGIC.
In 1987, Pastor James Henderson of North Dakota told us to find our seats because, before long, the house would be full. The Lord added to Greater St. Paul Ministries bountifully. Prayer continued to be the foundation, and Christian education became the focus through the vision of Pastor Shannon.
The birth of the radio broadcast was instituted in February of 1990, and many letters and phone calls have been received as a testament of the blessings received from the broadcast.
Most Sundays, our sanctuary was overflowing with the saints worshipping and praising God. The need for a larger church was evident. Once again, the Lord moved upon Pastor Shannon to renovate and expand the edifice that had become too small for our congregation. In the fall of 1996, Pastor Shannon was led to start an 8:00 A.M. service. The Lord blessed souls to be added to the Kingdom of God as well as to the church. This present project began in November 1997 and was completed in May 1999. The Lord blessed and supplied our need to complete this project.
The Lord has certainly blessed us with a beautiful edifice to serve our community in a greater way and to, most of all, do the work of the Lord.
We give God all the glory and honor for the things that He has done, and they are marvelous in our eyes. By the help of God, this project was paid in full in December 2005, taking approximately six years.
We celebrate this effort with our Mortgage Burning Ceremony on July 25-30, 2006. We say, “To God be the glory for the visionary leader and builder that He has given Greater St. Paul Ministries and for all of the things that He has done.”