Elder Arcell Vickers, Jr. 
Pastor Elmer Frye
Elder Kelvin McMillan
Elder Jimmy Barnes
Elder Charles Chaney
Elder Darrell Bush

The GENERAL COUNCIL OF PASTORS AND ELDERS was, as it exists today, created when the Church of God in Christ changed its form of government and amended its constitution in 1972.  It has a constitutional mandate and it exists to ensure the Pastors and Elders have access to a fair judicial system.  

The General Council is the Appellate Court to which a Pastor or Elder can appeal an adverse decision rendered by the first level of the COGIC Justice System;

the Jurisdiction Pastors and Elders Council.




  1. The General Council shall serve as an appeals court for the Church of God in Christ,  Inc., and it shall carry out those other duties and responsibilities delegated to it by Article V, Section A of the Constitution of the Church of God in Christ.

  2. The General Council shall upon request provide assistance to Jurisdictional Pastors and Elders Councils, in holding elections, in establishing trial procedures, and in formulating rules and regulations for their governance.

  3. The General Council shall not engage in any activities that violate the Constitution of the Church of God in Christ, or any laws adopted by the General Assembly.

  4. The Jurisdictional Pastors and Elders is the first level in the Church of God in Christ.  It is important for the members of the Jurisdictional Council to be active and informed.  Contact your chairman, ask for the latest copy of ALL rules.  Know what the proper procedures are.

Build Unity, and Fellowship within the council, praying together
Create a roster for membership
Generate annual pledge for financial support
Create membership badges with picture
Set clear expectations of what is expected of membership
Develop the Servant Leadership Role for Ministry
Implement Next level Leadership Training Institutions
Promote Mediation verses Litigation
Establish the work of the council through POWER Sessions

To protect and to defend our constitutional mandate as a council and a
Judicial Branch of Church Government.
To follow our By-Laws and procedures.
Article V section A. The General Council of the Church of God in Christ shall consist of all ordained elders who are in good standing with their local churches in the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and of their Jurisdictional Assemblies, to be organized and following duties.

Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and such other officers as it may deem necessary and proper, according to the provisions in the constitution;
and the tenure shall run concurrently with that of the administration.
It shall consider matters that are referred to it by the,
the Bishop and any departments of the church.
It shall serve as an Ecclesiastical Council to try, hear and determine cases and all other matters referred to it under the constitution or laws of the church.

It shall establish such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary and proper for the conduct of its business not inconsistent with the Constitution or laws of the Church.
It shall exercise all other powers and duties vested in it by the Charter, Constitution and By-Laws of the Church.
Maintaining our Biblical and Spiritually Sound Structure for Soul Business.
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bound of peace.
There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


One God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in you.

Contact Us:

Jurisdictional Council of Pastors & Elders
Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Eastern New York
312 Grand Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
Chairman, Pastor Elmer Frye: (631) 356-7515

Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Eastern New York

Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Diocesan Headquarters &

Episcopal Office of Bishop Frank Anthone White

312 Grand Avenue

Freeport, New York 11520

516-623-9466 Office

516-377-0164 Office Fax