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Bishop Neavelle A. Coles, Prelate Emeritus
Mother Leona Coles, First Lady

Bishop Neavelle A. Coles

From The Desk Of
The Bishop
Our Mission
Worship and Praise

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Washington, District of Columbia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available across our jurisdiction. Please feel free to read more about our local churchs on this site, or come to New Bethel for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you.  If you wish to be a disciple for Christ within this jurisdiction of the Church Of God In Christ, this is a hearty welcome to the best jurisdiction in the world.  Go to our "Find A Church" tab above and locate our local churches across the jurisdiction.   We encourage you to come and be a guest of ours at any of our local church sites and then considering joining the Army of the Lord. 

We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church and the other local churches within our jurisdiction. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus Christ by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of outreach and opening our doors to listen and win souls for Christ, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Jurisdictional District Background and News

The local churches/houses of worship within our jurisdiction are located across the Washington, DC Metropolitan area including Maryland and Virginia. 

Some of the local churches  within our jurisdiction offer traditional worship settings and others within our jurisdiction offer a more contemporary worship and praise service.​

                 Background Summary

Our Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction consists of five (5) districts that are led by District Superintendents that are chosen and appointed by our presiding  Jurisdictional Bishop Neavelle A. Coles.

The District Superintendents serve as an

extension of the Jurisdictional Bishop's office, to among other things, oversee and assist our local churches  within their assigned district, Furthermore, the District Superintendents are charged with assuring the jurisdictional and national work is fulfilled as directed by the Bishop.



A.D. Headen District 

District Superintendent Jerry Cork

District Missionary Bulah Wheeler


​Sherman S. Howard District

District Superintendent Joseph Gray

 District Missionary Charmaine D. Hill

Lion of Judah District

District Superintendent Robert DeShay

District Missionary Maria Bass

Warren G. Crudup, Sr. DIstrict

District Superintendent Dwayne Jones

District Missionary Canary Scullark

Samuel Kelsey District

District Superintendent Alfred G. Adams, Sr. District Missionary Dorothy Cook 

ABC's of Giving Your Life to Christ

“A” is for Admit.


You must admit to God that you are a sinner. You must be sorry for your sins and turn away from sinning. Verses that support this step are: Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.


“B” is for Believe


You must believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that God sent Jesus to pay the penalty for sin. Verses about believing include:John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


“C” is for Confess


 You must confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Read the following verse: Romans 10:9-10,13 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…. 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." After you admit to God that you are a sinner, repent and turn from your sin, believe that Jesus is God’s Son sent to die to pay for the sins of the world, and confess your faith in Jesus, you are a Christian and know Jesus as your Savior. Admit! Believe! Confess! Here is a sample prayer that will help you begin:Dear God,I know that I am a sinner, and that I need Your grace. Thank you for loving me enough to send your Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for my sins. I believe that He arose from the dead and that He lives today. I confess my sins to You now, and ask that You place Your Holy Spirit in my heart that I may turn away from my sins. I love You, I believe in You, and I want to have a personal relationship with You.In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. If you have recently prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to contact us so that we may REJOICE and WORSHIP with you in your new-found faith. If you have not yet accepted Jesus into your life, please make an effort to contact us so that we may share God’s love with you. Either way, we invite you to join us in Christian fellowship. God’s grace to you!












Greetings Saints,  


Thank you everyone for your prayers, support, service, and ministry during 2019. First Lady Leona Coles and I are grateful.


As we look ahead into the year 2020, we must remember that without God, we can do nothing. Let us believe this and acknowledge this. Let us therefore together display our utter dependence on Him. Individually, let us begin each day of 2020 with God in prayer and in the Holy word.


We believe focused dependence on God during this year and new decade will result in a year and decade of increase and breakthrough across the Washington DC Jurisdiction.


Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God's plan is for our good, to prosper us and to give us hope and a future.  I believe 2020 is our year! It's our year to rise up higher in our local churches, jurisdictional ministries, our relationships, health, finances, and most of all, in our walk with our all mighty God. As you draw nearer to Him, He will draw nearer to you. He will make your rough places smooth and direct your every step!


We must be determined to set our expectations in the direction of God’s many promises. Let the Holy Word feed your faith and set your expectations for the blessings and victories that are ahead of us during 2020.  Victories for you, your families, the local churches and the Washington DC Jurisdiction.


Yours in His Service,

Bishop Neavelle A. Coles

Jurisdictional Prelate




Bishop Neavelle A. Coles


Jurisdictional Prelate Emeritus


THEME:  A Mission Made Possible

Zechariah 4:6

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