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  • True Gospel Tabernacle Family ChurchChurch of God in Christ International

    Prelate of The Philadelphia and Ghana Jurisdictions

    1606 Mifflin Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145Saturday, October 13, 2012, Twelve Oclock Noon

    Church of God in Christ International

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  • Bishop Ernest McNear, PrelateTrue Gospel Tabernacle COGIC Intl

    1606 Mifflin Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145

    215-334-334 emcnear@aol.com

    Greetings to you all and welcome to True Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ International. We are so very pleased and blessed by your presence here today and your willingness to share in this momentous occasion in our lives and ministry. We give all the glory to God for his love and grace that has allowed us to participate in his divine plan of redemption, restoration and salvation for all humankind. We are deeply grateful to the congregation of True Gospel Tabernacle for their unwavering faith and support of the mission and vision of this ministry. As a result of our service together, God, in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to elevate us to a greater position of service. However, this would not have been possible without the love, prayers and support of the many friends, partners and colleagues who have worked with us, prayed for us and unselfishly shared with us their wisdom, knowledge and ministerial gifts. We are particularly grateful to the leadership of the Church of God in Christ International, Senior Bishop John H. Davis, and Assistant Senior Bishop Richard G. Gatling, Sr., who were led of God to entrust us with the office of Jurisdictional Bishop of Philadelphia and Ghana Jurisdictions, COGIC International. We also want to appreciate the work and ministry of our National Supervisor of Women, Mother Dr. Mary J. Lilly. Finally, we are eternally grateful to Bishop Richard A. Copeland, Chairman of the Board of Bishops, who allowed God to use him to invite us to be a part of this great church and for his steadfast confidence in our ministry. First Lady Barbara and I are truly honored and humbled by the love of God and the faith of his people that has brought us to this ministry milestone. We want you to know that we understand that this is not merely an elevation of honor, but it is a position of responsibility and a greater opportunity to serve in our quest of Doing the Gospel.

    Thank you and God Bless You,

    Ernest & Barbara McNear

    A Word of Greetings and Gratitude

    PhiladelphiaJurisdiction & Ghana JurisdictionChurch of God in Christ International

    Mark 12:11 This was the Lords doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes...

  • 3The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear, a man of faith, a man of prayer, and a man anointed by God, founded True Gospel Tabernacle Church in 1985, when he answered Gods Call to the Pastorate. Being led of the Lord and empowered by the Holy Spirit, he has been steadfast and unmovable in keeping the Great Commission and serving the people of God in the Church, throughout the Community, those incarcerated and abroad.

    Aside from the pastorate at True Gospel Tabernacle Church of God In Christ International, which is located at 16th & Mifflin St in South Philadelphia, he is the Host Pastor of True Gospel Time Broadcast, a daily radio program currently heard in the Delaware Valley area. He is also the Principal of True Gospel Tabernacle Learning Center, a state licensed pre-school and grade school, and the President of True Gospel Tabernacle Institute of Bible and Ministry. As Gods Gospel Saxophonist, he finds the time to preach locally at other churches and to travel across the country and abroad, sharing his Evangelistic Anointing as a preacher and gifted musician. Rev. Dr. McNear has been consecrated a Bishop in the Church Of God In Christ International, serving in the capacity of Prelate of the Philadelphia Jurisdiction and the Ghana Jurisdiction in West Africa, which is comprised of forty-two churches and two grade schools.

    As the president of True Gospel Tabernacles Philadelphia Freedom From AIDS Campaign and Vice President of Philadelphia FIGHTs Executive Board, he is on the front line of the fight against HIV&AIDS. He also serves as Chairman of Kingdom Care Reentry Network, one of the largest and most effective reentry programs in Philadelphia. He has distinguished himself as an authentic prophetic voice for the Gospel of Christ and a champion for biblical, criminal and social justice.

    With the intent to be fully equipped for the work of the ministry, Bishop McNear attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and is a graduate of Geneva College at CUTS (Center for Urban Theological Studies), where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. He is a professor at LTSP and LBC@CUTS, teachng Biblical Studies and Urban Ministry.

    Bishop McNear firmly believes in the power of touching and agreeing on earth and he attributes the foundation of his strength and faith in Christ to be built on a consistent and fervent prayer life at home with his wife and helpmate, Evangelist Barbara McNear. He is the dedicated father of Elder Vance McNear, daughter-in-law, Missionary Sabrina McNear, daughter, Keneysha McNear-Cornish, son-in-law Justin Cornish and loving grandfather of five grandchildren, Amber, David, Olivia, Dorian and Donta. But most of all, The Right Reverend Doctor Ernest McNear is a man who loves God, loves Gods Word and loves Gods People.

    The Man, The Mission and The Ministry

  • +The Call to Worship .............................................................................................. Bishop Reuben T. Jones Jr. (Jones Memorial Community COGIC)

    + The Ecumencial Procession (Time and Glory)...................................... by First Lady Barbara McNear and Bishop Ernest McNear

    COGICI Bishops Presiding Bishops Asst. Presiding Bishops Leading Clergy Pastors, Elders, Ministers

    +The Congressional Hymn ........................................................................................... I Am Thine, O Lord

    +The Invocation Prayer ............................................................................................ Bishop Audrey F. Bronson (Presiding Bishop, International Fellowship of Churches)

    The Chant ................................................................................................................... Sweet Hour of Prayer

    The Old Testament Scripture (1st Samuel 16:11-13) ................................ Bishop Geoffrey H. Gibbs I, Prelate (Delaware Diocese Church of Christ Written in Heaven)

    The New Testament Scripture (Titus 1:7-9) .............................................................. Bishop J. Howard Debro (Rehoboth Full Gospel Church, Philadelphia)

    The Statement of Purpose ........................................................................................ Bishop James C. Watford (National Secretary COGIC Intl, Prelate North Carolina Jurisdiction)

    Greetings ................................................................................................................. Mother Dr. Mary J. Lilly (National Supervisor of Women COGIC Intl Conneticut)

    Greetings .............................................................................................................. Bishop Richard G. Gatling (Assistant Senior Bishop, COGIC Intl Conneticut)

    Ministry of Music ..................................................................... Philadelphia Jurisdiction COGIC Intl Chior

    Ministry of Giving ......................................................................................... Bishop Benjamin F. Peterson Jr. (Greater Bible Way Temple, Bible Way Churches Worldwide)

    The Order of Divine W orshipSaturday, October 13, 12 Noon

    True Gospel Tabernacle COGIC International(+ Where Indicated, Please Stand)

    Mark 12:11 This was the Lords doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes...

  • 5Academic Affirmation ......................................................................The Reverend Dr. Wilbert S. Richardson (President, Lancaster Bible College at Center for Urban Theological Studies) The Reverend Dr. Philip Krey (President, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia)

    Government Affirmation ....................................................