Local Minister Promoted to National Board of Church
In August, Bishop F.E. Perry, pastor of Cathedral Church of God in Christ, celebrated his promotion to the Judiciary Board of the National C.O.G.I.C., at an event in Independence, Ohio. There to honor Bishop Perry on his promotion to the denominations highest legislative body were local and national dignitaries including the former presiding Bishop of the National C.O.G.I.C., Chandler David Owens.
Bishop F.E. Perry has accomplished much for Jesus in his many years of ministry, including helping to start Connection Magazine
Born on July 25, 1930, in Birmingham Alabama, Bishop Perry would first see duty as a soldier in the Korean War, before completely dedicating his life to Jesus Christ. He became ordained in 1957, when he assumed the position of pastor at the East 105th Street C.O.G.I.C.. Young and full of energy, Bishop Perry then helped to start and pastor other Ohio churches in Akron, Ashtabula, Cincinnati, Steubenville, Columbus and Lima.
After serving in high level positions on the national level, he was elevated to Bishop in 1974. In the city of Cleveland, he has served on the Greater Cleveland Roundtable and as the first vice-president of the NAACP, where he currently serves on the Executive Board. Additionally, he is founder and president of C.O.G.I.C./Pentecostal Connection. All the while, Bishop Perry has been faithful to pastor his home church on East 105th. In 1993, the East 105th Street C.O.G.I.C. moved to a new and much larger church on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., where the name was changed to Cathedral C.O.G.I.C.
In 1997, he was one of only three area leaders to pledge major financial support, via a large, long-term advertising contract, to help Editor, Jon Hanna start the Connection Magazine. "Initially, Bishop Perry wanted to see something tangible before he would commit to anything," recalls Hanna, "but there wasn't even a prototype to show him." Hanna continued, "Eventually, God gave Bishop the faith to make the financial pledge. When suburban pastors were claiming to be broke, this humble, inner-city pastor stepped out in faith and love and helped me to start the Connection Magazine. I first met Bishop Perry in 1989 and over the years has shown me so much of Jesus' love that I have come to know him as my brother and my friend."
Currently, Bishop Perry resides in Shaker Heights with his wife of 47 years, Jonelle. Together, they have three blessed children, Lanelle, Mark and Courtney.