Church of God In Christ Makes Dramatic & Historic Appointment - First Bishop of Israel
By: J Riley Consulting Group LLC
The General Assembly of COGIC earlier this year voted unanimously and enthusiastically, accompanied by a standing ovation, to ratify the decision of Presiding Bishop Blake and the General Board to appoint Dr. Glenn R. Plummer as their first Bishop of Israel. Bishop Plummer was publicly consecrated on November 10, 2019 by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake to the sacred office of Bishop of Israel.
COGIC has an estimated membership of 6.5 million members, the majority of whom are African American, and is currently in 105 countries worldwide, making them the largest Black Church in the world. Bishop Plummer has said of his new appointment, "this begins a new chapter in our relationship with the Land, People, and State of Israel. The Holy Land is the birthplace of our faith, so on behalf of 6.5 million members of the Church of God in Christ; we embrace Israel and are determined to bless Israel in very tangible ways." He also says that one of his first projects is to establish an Embassy in Jerusalem representing the COGIC and the 40 million African Americans. Bishop Plummer's appointment is historic in that he is the first in COGIC's 112-year history to be appointed, and He is the first American Bishop of Israel in U.S. history.
In most COGIC Jurisdictions, a Bishop's authority, oversight, and responsibility covers a portion of a city or region. In this unusual instance, the jurisdiction covers the entire country of Israel... The Biblical Promised Land...The Holy Land... The Land of the Bible. COGIC Bishop's wives are called "First Lady of the Jurisdiction"
Bishop Plummer's wife is Dr. Ruth Pauline Plummer and therefore has become "First Lady of Israel". With the premature death earlier this year of Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin left the title "First Lady of Israel" vacant. Dr. Plummer, as the new incoming First Lady of Israel, also makes history as the first American First Lady of Israel. This husband and wife team have been called by many "a power couple". In light of these new developments in their lives, the Plummer's have decided to actually move to Israel...a huge step of faith on their part. They have both said, "The work before us requires that we live in Israel for an extended period of time to help build a sustainable bridge between Israel and the 6.5 million members of the Church of God in Christ in particular, along with the 40-million African Americans in the United States of America. Bishop Plummer says, "Even though we officially represent COGIC, we see our roles expanding to also represent the interests of African American in general. African Americans and Israel are both natural and biblical allies, and we look forward to building a Bridge of Blessing to all Israel."
Bishop Glenn and Dr. Pauline Plummer have successful television careers. He has created three national television networks and built five television stations while also serving as the first and only African American Chairman & CEO of the prestigious National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). She has been a regular personality and host on "Atlanta Live", the flagship show of WATC Atlanta, along with nationally syndicated and award winning "The Christian View", and "Joy in Our Town" on TBN. As an acclaimed recording artist, and sought after speaker, with an earned Doctorate of Divinity, she is the founder and President of Covenant Daughters, a national or President of Covenant Daughters, a national organization specializing in empowering women. Bishop Plummer and Dr. Plummer reside in Detroit Michigan and are the proud parents of a blended family of eight adult children and five grandchildren.