Notice of Transition

August 28, 2019

Dear Saints:

We greet thee in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

This correspondence is being sent at the request of our Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr., General Board Member, Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

It is with great regret that we inform you of the passing of Superintendent William H. Perry, Administrative Assistant, Superintendent of the Eastern District, Virginia First Jurisdiction, Church Of God In Christ, Inc, and the Pastor of the Upper Room Church on the Rock Church Of God In Christ, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The funeral arrangements and directives will be forthcoming.  As information is given to the Jurisdiction, we will forward it to you as soon as possible.

Welcome to the First Jurisdiction of Virginia

The Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia is led by General Board Member Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr.  Established in 1914 by our founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, the Church Of God In Christ in Virginia has continued to flourish throughout the years.  Whether you live in the North, South, East or West, the Church Of God In Christ in Virginia is here to minister to you and your family.

Department of Women

The Women’s Department of First Jurisdiction is led by Supervisor Mother Nellie M. Townes of Suffolk, Virginia.

Pastors & Elders

The Jurisdictional Pastors & Elders’ Council is led by Chairman Christopher Thomas of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Music Department

The Jurisdictional Music Department is led by Evangelist Naomi Kim Thomas of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Youth Department

The Jurisdictional Youth Department is led by President James Blackwell of Lawrenceville, VA and Chairlady Cleo Wilson of Chesapeak, VA.

Sunday School Department

The Jurisdictional Sunday School Department is led by Supt. Kenneth Hackett of Manassas, VA and Field Rep Gaynelle Burton of Virginia Beach, VA.

Missions Department

The Jurisdictional Missions Department is led by President Floyd Hawkins of Alexandria, VA and Vice President Linda Johnson of Norfolk, VA.

Evangelism Department

The Jurisdictional Evangelism Department is led by President Calvin Harris of Richmond, VA and Elect Lady Irether Sanford of Butner, NC.

Auxiliaries in Ministry (AIM)

The Jurisdictional AIM is led by Chairman William T. Coles of Charlottesville, VA.


The Jurisdictional Adjutancy is led by Overseer Marc A. Thomas, Sr.

Urban Initiatives

The Jurisdictional Urban Initiatives is led by Pastor Alex Boyd of Richmond, VA.