General Overseer

 

Executive Committee
Secretary General: 2004-2006
Second Assistant General Overseer: 2006-2008
First Assistant General Overseer: 2008-2012
General Overseer: 2016 –
 
Executive Council
1996 – 2000; 2002 -2004
 
State Overseer
Oklahoma: 1996-1999
Southern Ohio: 1999-2004
 
Pastorates
Keller, TX: 1982-1984
River Oak Church of God, Danville, VA: 1989-1996
 
Evangelism
Evangelized all over the world
 
Education
Lee University, B.S.
Pentecostal Theological Seminary, D.D.
 
Honors, Service and Recognitions
Texas Youth Board
Arizona YCE Director: 1986
Virginia State Council: 1994-1996
World Missions Director: 2012-2016
Camp Meeting Speaker
Interdenominational Speaker

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1st Assistant General Overseer

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Raymond F. Culpepper
First Assistant General Overseer
Email: cog1a@churchofgod.org

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Executive Committee
First Assistant General Overseer: 2016 –
General Overseer: 2008 – 2012
First Assistant General Overseer: 2004 - 2008
 
Executive Council
1998 – 2002; 1992 – 1996; 1986 - 1990
 
State Overseer
Alabama: 2012 - 2016
 
Pastorates
Metropolitan, Birmingham, Alabama – 1980 – 2004
Buford, Georgia (associate)
 
Youth and Christian Education
State Youth and Christian Education Director, Northern California: 1972 - 1974
State Youth and Christian Education Director, Indiana: 1974 - 1976
State Youth and Christian Education Director, Alabama: 1976 - 1980
 
Education
Graduate Ministerial Bible Institute Program for Church of God
Master Christian Service Training Diploma
Institute of Church Growth
B.S., Lee University
Butler University, Sociology
Samford University, Psychology
M.A., California Graduate School of Theology
D.D., Lee University
 
Honors and Recognitions
Recipient of the highest award offered Church of God State YCE Leaders
2000 "Alumnus of the Year Award" - Lee University
 
Published Works
"Understanding The Holy Spirit"
"The Leading Man", PowerLiving Ministries
"Power Living", Pathway Press
"The Great Commission: The Solution"
Eldership Ministry Resource Manual
L.E.A.P. - Leadership Enrichment for Active People (three volumes)
"Lifestyle to His Glory", Pathway Press
Search 66 - "A Journey Throughout the Bible"
"Life Builders", Pathway Press
God's Top Ten for Men: The Ten Commandments
 
Family
Married to Peggy
Three children
 

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2nd Assistant General Overseer

J David StephensJ. David Stephens
Second Assistant General Overseer
Email: cog2a@churchofgod.org

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Executive Committee
Second Assistant General Overseer - 2012 -
 
Executive Council
2000-2008; 2010-2012
 
State Overseer
Florida - 2010-2012
Tennessee – 2008-2010
Kentucky – 2002-2008
Northern New England, 1998 – 2002
 
Appointed Positions
General Board of Education - 1994-1998
General Board of Youth and Christian Education – 1982-1990
 
Pastorates
Stafford, Va. (church plant) – 1972-1976
 
Youth and Christian Education
State Youth & Christian Education Director, South Carolina – 1994-1998
State Youth & Christian Education Director, Tennessee – 1990-1994
State Youth & Christian Education Director, North Georgia – 1985-1990
State Youth & Christian Education Director, South Georgia – 1982-1985
State Youth & Christian Education Director, Indiana – 1980-1982
State Youth & Christian Education Director, Washington – 1978-1981
State Youth & Christian Education Director, Arizona – 1976-1978
 
Evangelism
State Evangelist, Virginia – 1970-1971
 
Education
Lee University, B.A. – 1972
Pentecostal Theological Seminary, M.A - 1996
 
 

3rd Assistant General Overseer

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David E. Ramirez
Third Assistant General Overseer
Email: DRamirez3@churchofgod.org

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Executive Committee
Third Assistant General Overseer: 2016 -
 
Executive Council
2006-2010, 2012-2016
 
World Missions
Field Director, Latin America: 2010-2016
Field Director, South America: 2008-2010
 
State Overseer
Southwest Hispanic Region: 2006-2008
 
Pastorates
Founder, Capilla del Valle Church, Quito, Ecuador (8 years)
Almagro Church of God, Beunos Aires, Argentina (6 years)
Baldwin Park Church of God, California (2 years)
 
President
Church of God South Cone Theological Seminary, Buenos Aires, Argentina (6 years)​
Founder and President
South American Seminary (SEMISUD), Quito, Ecuador (14 years)
 
Education
B.Th., Church of God Spanish Institute of Ministry
M. Div., Pentecostal Theological Seminary
D.Min, Asbury Theological Seminary
 
Honors, Service and Recognitions
Two honorary doctorates
Lausanne Movement
  • 4/14 Window Movement
  • Strategy Working Group
Family
Married to Fernanda Snaidero
Three children
 

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Secretary General

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John D. Childers
Secretary General
Email: cogsecgeneral@churchofgod.org

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Executive Committee
Secretary General: 2016 -
 
Executive Council
2004-2008
 
World Missions
Assistant International Director: 2012-16
 
State Overseer
Alabama : 2008-12
Northern Ohio: 2004-08
 
Youth and Christian Education
International Youth and Christian Education Director: 2000-04
Assistant International Youth and Christian Education Director: 1996-00
State Youth and Christian Education Director, Alabama: 1994-96
State Youth and Christian Education Director, North Georgia: 1990-94
State Youth and Christian Education Director, Tennessee: 1986-90
State Youth and Christian Education Director, Delmarva, D.C.: 1982-86
Youth and Christian Education Director, Elmwood Ave., Columbia, S.C.: 1976-81
Minister of Youth and Christian Education, Centerville S.C.: 1971-76
 
Pastorates
Meridian, Miss.: 1981-82
 
Education
Lee College Continuing Education, 1975-77
University of South Carolina, 1975-77
Lee College, 1968-70
Asian Center for Christian Ministries (honorary doctorate), 2016
 
Honors and Recognitions
General Youth and CE Department Citation of Achievement Awards: 1982-87
Outstanding Youth and Christian Education Director: 1976-81
Director of National Teen Talent Small Choir Division Champions, Elmwood Avenue Church of God, SC: 1980
 
Published Works
Leadership Magazine Editorial
Evangel Articles
Devotional for Spirit Walk, Daily Devotions
 
Church Activity (committees, boards, etc.)
Board of Church Ministries
Life Builders Cabinet
Ministry to Israel Board
WIN Challenge Committee
Peniel Ministry Board of Directors
Speaker at Camp Meetings
Speaker at youth camps
Served on State Music Boards in South Carolina and Mississippi
State Youth Board in South Carolina
 
Family
Married to Debbie
Two sons
 

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Council Of Eighteen / International Executive Council

Executive Council 2018 - 2020

The Church of God International Council of Eighteen is a body of 18 ministers elected from within the ranks of Ordained Bishops of the Church of God during the biennial General Assembly. The Council of Eighteen serves with the International Executive Committee to form the International Executive Council, a body which establishes polity and directs the ministries of the Church. The IEC also includes a representative from the Full Gospel Church of God in South Africa and the national overseer of Indonesia. Members of the Council of Eighteen are elected for two year terms and may be elected to two consecutive terms.

Members of the International Executive Committee elected to serve from 2016-2020 include Timothy M. Hill, general overseer; Raymond F. Culpepper, first assistant general overseer; J. David Stephens, second assistant; David E. Ramirez S., third assistant; and John D. Childers, secretary general.

2018-2020 Council of Eighteen

Front Row, L-R: H. Loran Livingston, Sean S. O’Neal, Jerry D. Madden, Gary J. Lewis, Thomas A. Madden, Terry R. Hart. Second Row, L-R: Keith L. Ivester, Timothy Wayne Oldfield, Travis C. Johnson, Eliezar Bonilla, T. Wayne Dority, Niko Njotorahardjo. Third Row, L-R: Stafford Petersen, Gerald E. McGinnis, Mark L. Williams, Barry A. Clardy, T. Bryan Cutshall, Kevin M. McGlamery and Ishmael Prince Charles.

The 2018-2020 International Council of Eighteen consists of the following men, listed in order of their election and where they presently serve in ministry:

  • Mark L. Williams, senior pastor, North Cleveland Church of God
  • Gary J. Lewis, state overseer, South Georgia
  • H. Loran Livingston, senior pastor, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Ishmael Prince Charles, Field Director, Caribbean, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Kevin M. McGlamery, senior pastor, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Sean Stewart O’Neal, state overseer, California/Nevada
  • Gerald E. McGinnis, pastor, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Timothy Wayne Oldfield, senior pastor, Columbus, Ohio
  • T. Bryan Cutshall, Church Trainer
  • Travis C. Johnson, senior pastor, Mobile, Alabama
  • Eliezar Bonilla, senior pastor, San Antonio, Texas
  • Thomas A. Madden, state overseer, North Georgia
  • Niko Njotorahardjo, senior pastor, Gereja Bethel, Indonesia
  • Barry A. Clardy, senior pastor, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Keith L. Ivester, director, Mission Canada 2020
  • Jerry D. Madden, senior pastor, Greer, South Carolina
  • T. Wayne Dority, state overseer, Tennessee
  • Terry R. Hart, state overseer, Alabama

Also serving on the International Executive Council:

Japarlin Marbun, National Overseer of Indonesia

Stafford Petersen, secretary general, Full Gospel Church of God South Africa

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