|Bishop John C. White is a native of Brooklyn, New York. In his early years of ministry, he served as a Deacon at the Institutional Church of God in Christ, International and the Director of the world famous Institutional Radio Choir. His composition “Stretch Out” launched the Institutional Radio Choir on the road to popularity. J.C., as he is affectionately known, acknowledged his call to preach the Gospel and joined the quorum of ministers at the Institutional C.O.G.I.C., International.
In 1979, J.C., as an Elder and Assistant Pastor of the Institutional C.O.G.I.C., International was called to pastor at the Turner’s Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, International in Bridgeport, Connecticut. God continually blessed the ministry under the leadership of Elder White and he was soon elevated to the office of Bishop and given the States of Connecticut and Virginia as his jurisdictions. He later served as Chairman of the Board of Bishops and Vice- Presiding Prelate. In August, 2000 he was appointed Presiding Prelate of the Churches of God in Christ, International. Bishop White has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad preaching and teaching the Word of God, leading the lost to Christ and bringing the message of hope to the hopeless.
Bishop White holds an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Pillar of Fire College in York, England for his many great musical accomplishments, a Doctorate of Divinity from the Eastern American University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and in June, 2007, Bishop White received his Doctorate of Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. In 2006, the Lord led Bishop White to change the name of the church to Cathedral of Praise. The Lord has given Bishop White a Vision for Cathedral of Praise and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut to build a new worship edifice (the new edifice is now complete and the first service was held
Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008); an elementary school; a senior citizens high rise complex; a full-time day care center; a training center for ex-offenders; a halfway house; and a house for unwed teenage mothers. Bishop White has also established our International Bible School.
With a ministerial staff of thirty-five ministers, Bishop White has begun his quest to establish churches throughout the State of Connecticut, the first being the Lighthouse Christian Community Church in New Haven, Connecticut. There’s no stopping us now, we’re on our way. God has spoken and confirmed the Ministry and the Vision.
Bishop White has been married to Lady Gloria White for 50 years and together they have five children and twelve grandchildren. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!”