alCOG: New Administrative Bishop/State Overseer for Alabama
CLEVELAND, TN: The Church of God International Executive Committee today announced the appointment of Rev. Terry Hart to serve as the Administrative Bishop/State Overseer of Alabama. Hart’s appointment will be effective February 1, 2017.
For the past six years, Hart has served as Director of Publications for the Church of God Publishing House. Prior to going to the Publishing House as the chief executive officer, Hart served as State Overseer in Mississippi and Arkansas. He also has a long history of serving the Church of God as a State Director of Youth and Discipleship, having worked in seven states over 24 years. He attended Northwest Bible College, Lee University and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.
“The Executive Committee and I are grateful to Bro. Hart for his commitment to serve the church as the State Overseer in Alabama. In a difficult time for the printing industry, Terry assumed the reigns of the Publishing House and has worked to make it viable in a time when digital media has become the rage. Because of his tenacity, as well as his dedicated service to the Church of God, Alabama is blessed to have Terry and Ora Hart as their new leaders. There is no doubt that God will do great things through their ministry in Alabama,” stated Dr. Timothy M. Hill, General Overseer of the Church of God.
Hart expressed excitement about his new appointment: “I am overwhelmed with the confidence that the Executive Committee has placed in me by appointing me as the State Overseer of Alabama. After having spent 30 years in state work, my desire has been to return to that level of ministry. To be able to work with the great folks in Alabama is a fulfillment of the prayers that Ora and I have been praying. I look forward to working with all the great churches, ministers, and laity in Alabama to fulfill the Great Commission as a part of the FINISH Commitment.”
Hart replaces outgoing Administrative Bishop O. Wayne Brewer. Dr. Brewer has been appointed by the Church of God Executive Committee to serve as the director of Men’s Discipleship for the denomination, while his wife, Pam, will become the director of Women’s Discipleship.