Bishop Ted G Thomas Sr

6th Annual State Music Summit

What – A music department summit for all choir members and musicians. It will include Meet & Greet, Power Workshops, Choir Rehearsals, and a culminating Concert. All songs will be originals written by the participants of the music summit.


Friday night, October 2, 2015

  • Meet & Greet – 6:30pm – 7:45pm
  • Choir Rehearsal – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Musician’s Shed Session – 10:00 – 11:30pm

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 8:30am – 3:00pm

  • Prayer, PowerShops & Choir rehearsal

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 6:00pm – Concert

  • Music Summit Choir presenting all original songs
  • Other musical guests

Where – Shiloh COGIC

Currently holding services at:
Harvest Assembly Baptist Church
8008 Fordson Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22306

Who You – everyone is welcome to attend. Focus on music ministry including vocals, music dept. leadership, directors, liturgical praise dancers and musicians.


  1. To enhance/organize and develop your local church music department
  2. To provide a venue where amateur song composers can showcase their gifts and talents
  3. To hone your music related gifts and provide information that will help you in your service in the ministry of music.
  4. To promote fellowship and unity in our Jurisdictional Music Department and beyond.
  5. To provide a means of resources for our Jurisdictional Music Department

More Details

Song Submission – Please submit your original written or arranged song music file, the typed lyrics to the song, a brief bio of you and the inspiration of your song via email to:
Naomi Kim Thomas –
Dianne Minggia –
Reuben Thomas –
James Byrd –

To assist us with planning, if you know you’re submitting a song please let us know that during the week of the Holy Convocation. We’ll still need electronic song submission by the deadline.

Note – If you don’t already have copyright for your song, the fastest way to legally protect the rights of your song is burn it on a CD or tape record it, write the words out and date the copy, then mail the package to yourself. Keep the package sealed and it will hold up in court.

Song Submission deadline – 9/1/2015


Registration fees are not due until the dates of the event (Oct. 3, 4) and include your lunch for Saturday Oct. 4th.
Fee – ages 13 and under – $5
14-17yrs old – $10
18+ yrs old – $25

Hotel Accommodations – Hampton Inn, 8843 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA. 22309. Price is $106.40/night which includes tax and a hot breakfast. Encouraging everyone to reserve your room today! Your card is not charged until the night of the reservation, but we need to know if we need more rooms or if we need to find another hotel to accommodate us ASAP. If everyone waits until the last day, and we run out of rooms, it will be difficult for us to request additional rooms or contact other hotels to ensure rooms at the same rate. Firm cut off is 10 September. New management will not adjust dates due to major event at Fort Belvoir. Please book your room(s) online by clicking HERE.

Public Relations – In addition to the formal public relations efforts that are going forth, here’s what you can do:

  1. If your church have a website and would like to add this event to your calendar or feature pages, feel free to do so.
  2. Add an announcement on your local church’s bulletin board and/or make verbal announcements.
  3. Word of Mouth – Spread the word
  4. Each local church will be sent an official letter concerning this event from our Music Department with more information.

Guest Clinicians “Powershops”

  1. Leadership/ Choir Director – Elder Patrick Riddick, Minister of Music Second Jurisdiction of VA COGIC
  2. Cohesiveness between Musician(s) and the Choir – Andre Jackson, Minister of Music, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Suffolk, VA

Summit Musical – Featuring the Summit Choir, our guest clinicians and more…  More information on “Saturday Night Musical” guest(s) to follow.

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Centennial Banquet Celebration

All year we have been celebrating 100 years of the Church of God In Christ, Inc. in Virginia.  On October 25, 2014 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, we will continue our year long celebration with our Centennial Celebration Banquet. During the Centennial Celebration Banquet, we are honoring our prelate, General Board Member, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr., on his 78th birthday as well as his 30 years of service at the helm the First Jurisdiction of Virginia.

You do not want to miss this grand occasion. Our special guest speaker will be Elder James Smith, Chief Operations Officer for the Church of God in Christ, Inc.  Tickets are only $100 dollars. Please see your local pastor or his designee to purchase tickets. We can’t wait to see you there!


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2013 State AIM Convention

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June 11, 2013

The AIM Conference is goign to be held in Portsmouth, VA at the New Community Temple COGIC at 3615 Tyre Neck Road on July 22-26, 2013.  The church phone number is 757.484.8903.  In order to prepare for this upcoming event, please attend to the following:

No churches are to send children without transportation or chaperones for the entirety of their stay at the conference.  Please pay attention to the AIM Rules.


BW Plus Portsmouth-Chesapeake
3235 Western Branch Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA
Phone: 757.484.5800

Rooms cost: $69+tax/night, up to 4 person in a room.  Ask for room block New Community COGIC.

Deposit needed by 7/12.


Registration is $25/person.

Tour days tours may have additional fees for entrance.

To the Superintendents, we need your district reports for Sunday School, YPWW, Missions, Music, and Evangelism departments.

To the Pastors, we need you have delivered to your local AIM representative that is coming to the conference, $100 food money to help feed the young people for the week.  Make sure you get a receipt.

Make all checks or money orders out to AIM VA #1.  We need to insure that we have food to open the conference on Monday.  I am looking forward to seeing you and all of your delegates there.


Supt. William T. Coles
AIM Chairman

General Board Inaugural Banquet

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Join the Historic First Jurisdiction of Virgina
as we celebrate the elevation of

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr.

to the General Board of the
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

The Celebration will be held at

Chesapeake Conference Center
900 Greenbrier Cir, Chesapeake, VA

Hotel accommodations have been made at:

Marriott Chesapeake Norfolk

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

COGIC Radio Interview: General Board Candidate, Bishop Ted Thomas

On Friday September 28, 2012 at 12 PM MST, tune in for an and host host Pastor Julius Koonce will stream an exclusive interview with Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr., Candidate for General Board of the Church Of God In Christ.

Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was appointed seventh in succession as prelate of the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia of the Church Of God In Christ in 1984 and has served in this position for more than 27 years. Under his leadership, the Jurisdiction has enjoyed tremendous growth only a few short years.

Most recently, in 2009 Bishop Ted Thomas was appointed as an Associate Justice of the National Judiciary Board and Assistant Dean of the Presiding Bishop’s Episcopal Leadership Academy. Bishop Ted Thomas has also served as Commissioner of Operations for the International Holy Convocation, member of the National Publishing Board and member of the Committee to renovate the Lelia Mason Home.

Always a strong supporter of his leader, in an unprecedented and historic show of support for the non-profit organization Save Africa’s Children, Bishop Thomas presented Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake with $50,000 during his own 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration in 2009.

Bishop Ted Thomas has been anointed by God for such a time as this. He brings an experienced voice and real solutions to the challenges facing the Church Of God In Christ today. He has a record of producing lasting results in his community, his jurisdiction and our national Church – a testament to his capable leadership. More importantly, Bishop Ted Thomas has a record of accountability and is a strong and vocal supporter of our Presiding Bishop. Coupled with his love for our Church and its doctrine, Bishop Ted Thomas has the vision to see the Church Of God In Christ return to its glory as the leader of the Pentecostal Movement.

It’s time to usher our Church into her glorious future. It's time to pass the mantle to Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. for the General Board.


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