Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake Bids Mother Rivers A Farwell!

Posted on February 20, 2017


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Everything Is Going Down, But The Word Of God……Finally, Bishop Blake has the guts to make some bold moves in the church to go to the next level.  Actually he should have moved on this one a long time ago.  Many people were just as upset when Bishop Owens passed over women that worked in the Women’s Department like Mother King and Mother Young and appointed Mother Rivers, who was the marshal and appointed her the General Supervisor.  

After 20 years as the International General Supervisor, Mother Willie Mae Rivers has graciously passed the baton as the leader of the Church of God in Christ (COGID) Women’s Department to Mother Barbara McCoo Lewis. Rivers released a statement that noted in part, “It has been my honor to faithfully serve as the General Supervisor of the International Women’s Department and I am thankful to God for keeping and allowing me to carry out the task that he assigned unto my hands over twenty years ago. I am very proud of the position that I am leaving the International Women’s Department in and I strongly believe that my successor, Mother Barbara McCoo Lewis, will continue to build upon the Department’s success. I have pledged my continued support to Church of God and to our Presiding Bishop.” 

Rivers‘ successor, Dr. Barbara McCoo Lewis, was the Assistant General Supervisor International Department of Women. In 1988, Lewis was appointed as the Jurisdictional Supervisor Southern California First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Lewis‘ Southern California jurisdiction is the largest jurisdiction in the history of the Church Of God In Christ.  

Mother Rivers was appointed and installed as the International General Supervisor in April 1997. She has held that position through three Presiding Bishops. At 91 years old, Rivers has been a part of COGIC for over 70 years after growing up in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. “Mother River’s time and leadership in the Intentional Women’s Department is unprecedented and the Church of God in Christ has been blessed by her devotion”, said Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake.  

In conjunction with her duties as the General Supervisor, Rivers has successfully parlayed her visibility as a revered evangelist into the world of radio. Rivers COGIC bio page reads, “Mother Rivers has sponsored and spread the Gospel for several years through the Evangelist Speaks ministry on WTUA 106.1 FM (St. Stephens, SC) and WBBP 1480 AM (Memphis, TN) radio stations. The Evangelist speaks radio ministry recently joined WJNI 106.3 FM (North Charleston, SC).

Rivers will transition back to her role and responsibilities as the Supervisor in the South Carolina Jurisdiction. Her released statement continued, “I am soliciting your continued prayers as I transition back to working here in South Carolina. There is still much work to be done and as long as God will allow me to do so, I will continue the work!”  

 “Mother Rivers has been a beacon of inspiration and righteousness. I am thankful for her stated continued support and I am grateful for our years of working in tandem for betterment of the Church of God in Christ and the uplifting of God’s Kingdom,” continued Blake.