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Bishop/Pastor Charles E. Wright Sr.

Bishop Wright became an instructor at the Church of Christ Bible Institute in 1964 and continues until this present time.  Seeing the need for additional training, he entered secular college.  He enrolled in Bronx Community College and later transferred to Herbert H. Lehman College where he was a history major.  He graduated with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 (Cum Laude) and received the Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in 1974. Bishop Wright was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend Columbia University. He began his studies at Columbia University immediately after graduating from Lehman College. 

He studied for his master’s degree while working full-time as a New York City schoolteacher of English and Social Studies and received the Master of Arts degree (M.A) from Columbia University in 1975.  Bishop Wright was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree (Th.D) in 1976 from Southern Bible Seminary.
1975 was a major turning point in Bishop Wright’s life.  It was a the International Convention held in Topeka, Kansas that Pastor W. L. Bonner, Presiding Apostle of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ at that time, asked Bishop Wright to accept the positions of Assistant Pastor of Greater Refuge Temple and Dean of the Church of Christ Bible Institute.

Bishop Wright had other plans for his life. After much prayer and conferring with his wife, they felt it was the will of God to accept the positions. He remarks that the past twenty-nine (29) years have been the most challenging and most rewarding years of his life.
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A Message From Pastor


Mission and Purpose

It was in the year of 1914 when Mr. Lawson accepted the Word of God and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. A supernatural event took place in his life, namely, the miraculous healing of his body from tuberculosis. His healing was stamped indelibly upon him and played a major part in the shaping of his inspired faith healing ministry. By his own testimony, we learned that Bishop Lawson was divinely called by the Lord through a whirlwind, hearing the voice of God saying: “Go Preach My Word! I mean you! I mean you! I mean you! Go Preach My Word.” Starting a small work in St. Louis, Missouri, and a later endeavor in San Antonio, Texas, preaching everywhere the Apostolic doctrine, he was led to the Mid-West where he pastored a church in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that he married the late Miss Carrie Fields of Leavenworth, Kansas. The couple was subsequently blessed with four sons.
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