History of the Lansing Church of God in Christ Church
History of the Lansing Church of God in Christ Church – Elder Richard Wilson established a COGIC at 914 Williams Street in 1924. In 1926, the church moved to a newly erected building at 1025 Birch Street. The blessing of God was upon the Church and it grew rapidly. Elder Wilson sent for a young brother living in Melvin, Arkansas, Elder Perry Robinson, to assist him. The Overseer (Bishop) at the time was Elder Kissington. Sister Dunkin was one of the first members of the church. Because of its location, the church was known as the Birch Street COGIC. In the latter part of 1929, Ionia Davis, at the age of eleven, started attending the Birch Street COGIC Sunday School, and was the first young saint in the church. Malcolm X (Little) also attended Sunday School at the church.
Bishop Coles was the Sunday School Superintendent for the State of New York and Canada. Therefore, the congregation and choir had many engagements at various churches in throughout Michigan and neighboring states. One of the greatest highlights in the church history was when the Overseer/Bishop J.S. Bailey brought our Founding Father, Bishop C.H. Mason to visit.
Later, Bishop S.C. Coles was appointed Pastor. Under his dynamic leadership, the congregation grew and auxiliaries started to function. Many souls were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. Young people, attending Michigan State University, were blessed during the many tent revivals held at the church. The church continued to flourish in the 1960s. We had a talented choir, an anointed organist, and Bishop Coles – a great speaker and Bible scholar. His credo was: “The spirit of God is moving in the earth, for every right desire, there is an answer. Lord, increase my faith.”
“Who is left among you that saw this house in its first glory? And how do ye see it now?” (Haggai 2:3)