by Jacquelyn McDonald
For New Pittsburgh Courier
It was a triumphant Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) General Board seat vote on Saturday, March 20, for Bishop Loran Edward Mann, Pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church Of God In Christ, 6300 East Liberty Blvd., in East Liberty, and it was the answer to prayer, especially for all of the members of the Church Of God In Christ citywide.
After vetting more than 30 potential candidates by COGIC’s Elections Committee, Bishop Mann and eight other potential winners were chosen to run and possibly be elected to fill six open General Board seats in the denomination’s first Virtual Quadrennial Election. The General Board, also known as the Board of Directors, consists of 12 elected Bishops, which includes the denomination’s Presiding Bishop.
The General Assembly, the legislative body of the Church, was tasked with filling the six seats recently vacated due to the unexpected deaths of four Bishops due to COVID-19. Also, there were two “emeritus” status requests made, including that of COGIC’s Presiding Bishop, Charles Edward Blake.
Bishop Mann’s duties will include spiritually representing and negotiating business along with the other board members on behalf of the Church Of God In Christ, the largest Black Pentecostal denomination, which boasts a membership of six million members in 112 countries.