By Carla Thomas
Nearly 3 decades ago, with just 12 people under his leadership, Bishop Bob Jackson has turned the Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ(COGIC) into a powerhouse membership of over 6,000 with sister churches across the nation.
Celebrating their 27th anniversary in royal fashion the highest ranking leader in the COGIC family, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles COGIC, shepherd of his own 24,000 members and overseer of 6 million believers throughout the world, flew in for the festivities.
Bishop J.W. Macklin of Glad Tidings Church of Hayward, announced, “Bishop Bob Jackson has a vision for God’s people with the best in music and preaching.” He introduced keynote speaker Bishop Blake also as a leader of COGIC globally and as CEO of
, which supports over 100,000 children in 23 African nations.
During his sermon, “Emotional Survival in a Crazy World,” Bishop Blake, cited the Books of Genesis 37:3 and 45:4 and the life of Joseph, son of Israel, as a classic example of someone who could have easily suffered mental illness during his suffering in the Old Testament. But “Joseph survived because he sought a close relationship with God and he held onto the vision God had for his life by holding onto his sense of destiny.”
Bishop Blake encouraged the audience that the Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” Throughout his research he said he read John Wareham’s book, “The Anatomy of a Great Executive,” where a study by a psychologist, reported that only 18% of people are well adjusted and free of mental illness.
Throughout the week, some of the gospel’s world re-known preachers, teachers and singers joined in the 3 day celebration including Pastor Beverly Crawford, Evangelist Joyce Rogers and recording artists, The Williams Brothers.
Rogers congratulated Acts Full Gospel COGIC for making an impact on the community. She said Bishop Jackson “taught so that God was glorified, the devil was terrified and the people could be edified.”
Throughout the 3 days of festivities, the Acts choirs sang, Bishop Jackson’s own son David played the piano. Praise dancers and the Boy Scouts led the way as all the nearly 30 ministries and auxiliaries of the church including; the Acts witnessing team, S.W.A.T., The House of Ruth, The Men of Valor, Charlene’s Community Closet and Boys Scouts, Acts Christian Academy gave a grand entrance proudly marching with their ministry members.
Bishop Blake commended Bishop Jackson for all the businesses and ministries that he has grown. “He’s the Bishop over Mexico and we praise God for the hard work he has rendered all over the world. I want to commend him for his faithfulness to his calling and gift and allowing God to use him in a special way. He’s on call all over the nation and he’s always ready to go no matter how small or large the situation.”