Main Street Church of God in Christ to celebrate history


Main Street Church of God in Christ, 2901 Main St., will celebrate its homecoming/reunion June 7-9 under the theme “Empowering Generations through a Legacy Built on an Endless Foundation.”

Organized around 1928 under the leadership of the late Elder W.H. Smallwood, the church was known as the Little Red Church.

The church was later called South Main Street of God in Christ under several leaders including Smallwood, Elder Arthur Tiggs, Elder T.J. Kinlow and Elder F.E. Reed, according to a news release from state coordinator Dedric L. Jones and grand finale coordinator Warren Booker.

On June 6, 1970, Bishop Leato Thomas Walker Sr. appointed Elder Joe L. Stocker (now Superintendent of Pine Bluff District No. Churches of God in Christ) as the shepherd to lead this congregation. It was also at this time that Stocker decided to change the name to Main Street Church of God in Christ.

Highlights of the celebration include:

• June 7, homecoming/reunion mass choir rehearsal, 7 p.m.,

• June 8, homecoming/reunion luncheon at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 and the guest speaker will be Sheryl Banks, co-pastor of Canaan Christian Center. At 7 p.m., the Main Street COGIC Reunion Choir Live Concert will be held.

• June 9, at 10 a.m., the Old Time Church service will be held with guest speaker Elder Brandon R. Clay of Kankakee, Ill. At 3 p.m., the official service will be held with a special recognition in memory of some of the matriarchs and patriarchs. The guest speaker will be Harold Gridiron, a pastor from Bakersville, Calif.