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61st Annual Holy Convocation - 2005
Tuesday Evening Consecration Service
Opening Service

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith and the Advisory Council lead the processional of clergy, deacons, and national officers

Pastors, elders, and ministers enter in the processional

Pastors, elders, and ministers enter in the processional

Pastors, elders, and ministers enter in the processional

National Women's Board Members enter in the processional

National Adult Choir sings the opening selection

Bishop Smith and Advisory Council members anoint the congregation

Bishop Smith leads the congregation in the Prayer of Consecration

Bishop Smith leads the congregation in the Prayer of Consecration

Pastor Theodore Jenkins of Lugoff, SC gives the
 welcome address on behalf of the national church
Elder Timothy Beard of Mobile, AL
gives the response to the welcome address
National Adult Choir sings songs of praise
Pastor David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC preaches
the message for the evening
Pastor David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC preaches
the message for the evening
Bishop Edward Smith gives closing remarks
Wednesday Afternoon
Worship Service
Pastor Woodrow Willingham of Winnsboro, SC
preaches the message for the afternoon
Wednesday Evening Worship Service
National Brotherhood Department
Former National Brotherhood Chairman, Pastor Philbert Ross,
of Kings Mountain, NC serves as the Worship Leader
National Brotherhood Chairman Deacon Robbie Jenkins
gives remarks on behalf of the National Brotherhood Department
Congregation worships with the National Brotherhood Choir
National Brotherhood Choir sings a song of praise
Congregation worships with the National Brotherhood Choir
A brother from Yonkers, NY gives a testimony
Brothers-in-Christ of Columbia, SC sing a song of praise
Pastors and elders worship with the National Brotherhood Choir
Pastor Jimmie C. Deas of Florence, SC
preaching the message for the evening
Thursday Afternoon
National Department Seminars
National Women's Department Seminar
National Women's President Sister Katie McMillian teaches
a lesson to the women of the church
National Brotherhood Chairman Deacon Robbie Jenkins
teaches a lesson during a seminar
for the National Brotherhood Department
National Brotherhood Department Seminar
National Youth Department Seminar
National Youth President Brother John Hawthorne
teaches a lesson during the National Youth Department Seminar
Thursday Evening Worship Service
National Women's Department
National Women's Choir marches into the sanctuary
National Women's Choir marches into the sanctuary
Officers of the National Women's Department
National Women's Choir singing a prelude song
Congregation worships with the National Women's Choir
Sister Vivian Reed of Columbia, SC gives a testimony
A sister from Tallahassee, FL gives a testimony
Worship Leader, Pastor Robert Mingo of Jacksonville, FL
Sister Christine Ables presents a resolution from
US Congressman James E. Clyburn to Bishop and Sister Edward Smith and to Pastor and Sister Theodore Jenkins. The resolution honored the Progressive Church of Lugoff, SC for 50 years of service.
Elder Charles Williams of Fairfield, CA gives remarks
Pastor Lang Priester of Charlotte, NC
preaches the message for the evening
Friday Afternoon
Department Business Sessions
National Brotherhood Department Officers' Meeting
Bishop Smith conducts a meeting of all pastors, elders and ministers
Pastors, elders, and ministers attend the ministerial meeting
National Youth Department Officers' Meeting
National Women's Department Officers' Meeting
Friday Evening Worship Service
National Youth Department
Worship Leader, Brother Ronald T. Scott of Columbia, SC
Congregation stands to sing the opening hymn
National Youth President Brother John Hawthorne
gives remarks on behalf of the National Youth Department
National Children's Choir singing
Brother Rodney Mason of Charlotte, NC gives a testimony
Brother Craig Fulton of Columbia, SC gives a testimony
Brother Kenneth Jackson leads the
National Youth Choir in songs of praise
Young musicians play for the National Youth Choir
Congregation worships with the National Youth Choir
Congregation worships with the National Youth Choir
Some of officials of the National Youth Choir make a
special presentation to Brother Kenneth Jackson as he retires
 after more than 20 years as director of the National Youth Choir
Pastor David S. Johnson honors Brother Kenneth Jackson
for his many years of service to the National Youth Choir
Bishop Edward Smith presents a plaque
from the National Church to Brother Kenneth Jackson
recognizing
his years of service to the National Youth Choir
Pastor Ron Donaldson of St. Petersburg, FL
preaches the message for the evening
A young sister from St. Petersburg, FL sings a song
at the request of Pastor Donaldson
Pastor Ron Donaldson of St. Petersburg, FL
preaches the message for the evening
Bishop Smith praying for those who have
come to the altar for baptism
Saturday Morning
National Music Workshop
National Minister of Music Elder William E. Smith
discusses the components of a music grant awarded
to the national church for development of the music ministry
Pastors, choir directors and musicians participate in the workshop
Saturday Afternoon
Worship Service
Worship Leader Brother Chad Middleton, of Columbia, SC
National Adult Choir sings songs of praise
Congregation worships with the National Adult Choir
A sister from Fairfield, CA sings a solo
Minister Sweetie Tagata of Fairfield, CA gives remarks
Minister Tagata and the saints from the newest Progressive Church in Fairfield, CA honor Pastor Lang Priester and Sister Priester
for their work with the saints in California
Minister Tagata and the saints from  Fairfield, CA also honor
Bishop Edward Smith and First Lady Edna Smith
Bishop Edward Smith presents an official ministerial license
to Minister Sweetie Tagata
Bishop Edward Smith presents and official ministers license to
Pastor Francois Koffi for Minister Pierre Ahoussi
Bishop Edward Smith and the Advisory Council welcome
Elder Charles Williams of Fairfield, CA into the fellowship of the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Advisory Council poses with Elder and Sister Williams
Bishop Smith gives remarks thanking the saints in California
their faithful support of the ministry of the Progressive Church
Pastor Paul C. Johnson of Hinesville, GA
preaches the message for the afternoon
Saturday Evening Fellowship Dinner
for Clergy and their Wives
Some of the pastors and elders fellowship together
Some of the pastors and their wives enjoy dinner
Some of the pastors and their wives enjoy dinner
Some of the pastors and their wives enjoy dinner
Some of the pastors and their wives enjoy dinner
Some of the pastors and their wives enjoy dinner
Some of the pastors and their wives enjoy dinner
Sunday Morning
Closing Worship Service
National Adult Choir singing a song of praise
Congregation prepares for the beginning of the Worship Service
National Adult Choir singing a song of praise
Congregation stands to sing the opening Hyman
"All Hail the Power" with the National Adult Choir
National Adult Choir opens the service
with the hymn
"All Hail the Power"
Congregation being led in prayer by
Pastor Roy Brockington of Mullins, SC
Some of the pastors, elders and ministers
Some of several hundred persons who watched the morning worship service via live video in the old church sanctuary
Bishop Edward Smith leads the congregation in prayer as he prepares to deliver the closing message
Bishop Edward Smith preaching the closing
message for the 61st Holy Convocation
Bishop Edward Smith preaching the closing
message for the 61st Holy Convocation
Bishop Smith dismisses the 61st Holy Convocation
Bishop Smith fellowships with some of the saints
after the Sunday morning Worship Service
60th Annual Holy Convocation - 2004
Tuesday Evening Consecration Service

Congregation stands in preparation for the opening processional of clergy, deacons, and national officers

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith leads the processional

Advisory Council members and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer
in the opening processional

Local Pastors enter in the processional

Elders and Ministers enter in the processional

Elders and Ministers enter in the processional

Deacons, National Brotherhood, and National
Youth Department Officers enter in processional

National Women's Department Officers enter in the processional

Part of the Congregation
National Adult Choir sings the opening hymn
Elder Timothy Beard of Mobile, AL leads the worship service
 as Bishop Smith and the Advisory Council look on
South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer gives
welcoming remarks to the congregation
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith offers
the Prayer of Consecration

National Adult Choirs sings a song of praise

Part of the Congregation
Part of the Congregation
Elder Randall Ervin of Charlotte, NC
preaches the message for the evening
Wednesday Afternoon Service
Part of the congregation
Mass Choir of Columbia, SC singing
Elder William Smith of Denmark, SC
preaching the message for the afternoon
Wednesday Evening Service
Pastor Sherman Dykes of Gainesville, FL
leading the worship service
Part of the congregation
Progressive Harmonetts singing
Male Ensemble singing
Sister Daisy Johnson of Florence, SC singing a solo
Pastor Roy Brockington of Mullins, SC
preaching the message for the evening
Thursday Afternoon Service
Ensemble from Chesterfield, SC singing
Picture of congregation
National Young Adult Ensemble Singing
Pastor Paul Johnson of Hinesville, GA
preaching the message for the afternoon
Thursday Evening Service
Minister James Young of Winnsboro, SC
leading the worship service
Part of the Congregation
National Children's Choir preparing to sing
Some of the pastors, elders and ministers admiring the
children as they sing with the National Children's Choir
National Children's Choir singing
National Youth Choir singing
Part of the Congregation
Pee Dee Regional Choir singing
Pastor Gary Bailey of Chesterfield, SC
preaching the message for the evening
Pastor Niamke from the Progressive Church in Africa
Bishop William L. Bonner, Chief Apostle of the Church of Our Lord
Jesus Christ, as he visits the Thursday evening service
Friday Afternoon Service
National Adult Choir singing
Saints praising the Lord
Pastor Ricky Finklea of Sumter, SC
preaching the message for the afternoon
Thursday Evening Service
Sister Bernice Norman singing with the
Voices of Praise of Charlotte, NC
Congregation worshipping with the National Women's Choir
National Women's Choir singing
National Women's Choir singing
National Women's Choir singing
Part of the Congregation
Pastor Ron Donaldson of St. Petersburg, FL
preaching the message for the evening
Bishop Smith praying for those who have
come to the altar for prayer
Saturday Afternoon Fellowship Banquet
Pastor David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC serving as
Master of Ceremony for the Fellowship Banquet
National Praise Ensemble sing
Pastor Wilbert Young of Saluda, SC
offering the invocation
Audience stands for the invocation
Sister Shanda Johnson of Hopkins, SC reads a poem
Elder and Sister Timothy (Wendy) Beard of Mobile, AL
give special remarks honoring Bishop Smith
Pastor Earnest L. Deas of Atlanta, GA
gives special remarks honoring Bishop Smith
Pastor Theodore Jenkins of Lugoff, SC
gives special remarks honoring Bishop Smith
Pastor Lang Priester of Charlotte, NC
gives special remarks honoring Bishop Smith
The Ministerial Body present Bishop Smith with an
all-expense paid vacation to the Florida Keys
Pastor David S. Johnson presents Bishop and Sister Smith with a
plaque honoring their faithfulness and labor in the Progressive Church
Bishop and Sister Smith pose with some of the pastors,
elders and ministers at the Fellowship Banquet
Bishop Smith gives remarks thanking the membership for
their faithful support of the ministry of the Progressive Church
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Some of the saints who attended the banquet
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaches
the closing message for the 60th Holy Convocation

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59th Annual Holy Convocation - 2003
MONDAY EVENING CONSECRATION SERVICE

Part of the Congregation

Part of the Congregation

Elder William E. Smith of Denmark, SC
leading the worship service

Bishop Smith preparing the saints for the
Consecration and Anointing Service

Members of the Advisory Council
 anoint the saints with oil

Bishop Smith offers the Prayer of Consecration

Bishop Smith offers the Prayer of Consecration

Elder Thomas J. Smith of Columbia, SC
reading the Statement of Purpose
Pastor Lang Priester of Charlotte, NC
preaching the message for the evening
"Learn of Me"

TUESDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
(National Youth Department)

Some of the National Youth Officers
conducting a youth seminar
Brother Charles Johnson, National Youth Advisor,
addresses the youth in a seminar
Youth Seminar
Marriage Seminar
Marriage Seminar
Youth Seminar
TUESDAY EVENING SESSION
(National Youth Department Service)
Brother John Hawthorne of Charlotte, NC
leading the worship service
Sister Timeka Johnson of Columbia, SC
singing the opening song
National Youth Choir singing songs of praise
National Youth Choir singing songs of praise
Youth Group of Winnsboro singing
Total Praise of Florence, SC singing

Brother Michael Johnson and Sister Michal Johnson
of Columbia, SC reading a monologue

 

Elder Timothy Beard of Tallahassee, FL
preaching the message for the evening
"Walk Worthy of Your Calling"

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
(National Brotherhood Department)

Brother Solomon Amusan of Hinesville, GA
teaching a Brotherhood Seminar
Brotherhood Seminar
Deacon Leroy Epps, National Brotherhood Vice-Chair,
teaching a Brotherhood Seminar

WEDNESDAY EVENING SESSION
(National Brotherhood Service)

Minister Phil Ross of Kings Mountain, NC
conducting the worship service
Some of the brothers in the congregation
Some of the brothers in the congregation
Deacon Robbie +++++++, National Brotherhood Chair,
giving remarks during the service
Miracles of Denmark, SC singing
Brother Herbert Isaac of Denmark, SC sharing a
testimony on how God healed him from cancer
Brothers-In-Christ of Columbia, SC singing
Attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson, special guest of
Bishop Smith, giving addressing the congregation
Pastor Robert Mingo of Jacksonville, FL
preaching the message for the evening
"Witness to the World"

Bishop Edward Smith and Bishop Earnest Finkley,
the only living members of the Board of Elders
appointed by the late Bishop J. D. Williams

THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
(National Women's Department)

Health Fair
Health Fair
Health Fair
THURSDAY EVENING SESSION
(National Women's Department Service)
Part of the congregation
National Women's Choir singing songs of praise
Part of the congregation
National Women's Choir singing songs of praise
Pastor David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC
preaching the message for the evening
"Contend For the Faith"
Pastor David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC
preaching the message for the evening
"Contend For the Faith"
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
(ORDINATION SERVICE)
Elders to be ordained along with their wives
Bishop Edward Smith reads the ordination charge

Advisory Council members lay hands
 on the elders to be ordained

Bishop Edward Smith presenting an
ordination certificate to Elder Phil Ross

Bishop Edward Smith presenting an
ordination certificate to Elder Ricky FInklea

Bishop Edward Smith presenting an
ordination certificate to Elder James Robins

Pastor ++++++++ +++++++ of Lugoff, SC
preaching the message for the afternoon
"Non-Conformity to the World"

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION
Elder Stanley Coleman of Killian, SC
leading the worship service
Pastors and elders worshipping during the service
Part of the Congregation
Part of the Congregation
Part of the Congregation
National Adult Choir sings songs of praise
Progressive Harmonetts of Columbia, SC sing
as a special tribute to the late Sister Martha T. Johnson
National Adult Choir sings songs of praise
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaching the
message for the evening
"Remaining United"
Bishop Smith visually demonstrating the power of
unity by having pastors lock arms around him
Bishop Smith offering the closing prayer
Bishop Smith dismissing the
59th Annual Holy Convocation

 

 

58th Annual Holy Convocation - 2002
MONDAY EVENING CONSECRATION SERVICE

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith leading the 
congregation in the Consecration Prayer

National Adult Choir singing songs of praise 

Picture of Congregation

Sunday Evening Speaker
Pastor Gerry Bailey of Chesterfield, SC

Pastors, Elders and Ministers partaking
of the Lord's Supper

Pastors, Elders and Ministers partaking
of the Lord's Supper

Members of the Congregation
partaking of the Lord's Supper

MONDAY AFTERNOON SESSION

Sister Deborah Carmichael of Hopkins, SC
singing a solo

Monday Afternoon Speaker
Elder Thomas J. Smith - Associate Pastor, Columbia, SC
MONDAY EVENING SESSION
Elder William E. Smith, National Minister of Music
leading the congregation in the devotional service
Sister Mary Brown, member of the Progressive Church 
since 1946, singing a congregational song 
during the devotional service
Sister Agatha Priester of Charlotte, NC
singing a solo
Monday Evening Speaker
Pastor Lang Priester - Charlotte, NC

TUESDAY AFTERNOON SESSION

Tuesday Afternoon Speaker
Brother Charles Johnson - National Youth President
Saints attending on the various seminars on family issues
Sister Naomi Tyler, RN, teaching a 
seminar on "Family Wellness"
Special Banquet honoring national officers
Special Banquet honoring national officers
TUESDAY EVENING SESSION
(National Youth Department Service)
Picture of Congregation
Children's Choir Singing songs of praise
Youth Group of Tucker, GA singing
National Youth Choir singing songs of praise
Tuesday Evening Speaker
Pastor Ron Donaldson - St. Petersburg, FL
A sister being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ 
at the end of the service

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SESSION

Wednesday Afternoon Speaker
Elder Melvin E. Wallace - Assistant Pastor, Hopkins, SC

WEDNESDAY EVENING SESSION
(National Brotherhood Service)

Picture of Congregation
Minister Phil Ross, National Brotherhood Chairman, 
making remarks during the service
Brothers-In-Christ of Columbia, SC singing
Total Praise of Florence, SC singing
Brothers of Truth of Hopkins, SC singing
Picture of Congregation
Wednesday Evening Speaker
Pastor Jimmie C. Deas, Sr. - Florence, SC

THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSION

Thursday Afternoon Speaker
Elder Randall Ervin - Assistant Pastor, Charlotte, NC
One of the children's church sessions
THURSDAY EVENING SESSION
(National Women's Department Service)
National Women's Choir
Sister Laura Ashe, National Women's President, 
making remarks during the service
Pastors, Elders and Ministers expressing their love and appreciation to Sister Laura Ashe for her laboring 
with them throughout the various Progressive Churches
Some of the National Women's Officers
Thursday Evening Speaker
Pastor Wender Gavin - Tallahassee, FL
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith praying for those 
who have come down to the altar
FRIDAY MORNING SESSION
Drama about marriage "Who's Idea Was This?"
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
(National Business Session)

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith shaking hands with
outgoing Advisory Council Chairman, Pastor Lang Priester

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith presenting a plaque
to outgoing National Brotherhood Chairman, 
Minister Phil Ross

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith presenting a plaque
to outgoing National Women's President, 
Sister Laura F. Ashe

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith presenting a plaque
to outgoing National Youth President, 
Brother Charles G. Johnson

African-American Cultural Exchange Session

African-American Cultural Exchange panel with saints 
from the African Progressive Church
FRIDAY EVENING SESSION
National Adult Choir
Sister Mary Smith of Columbia, SC giving a special testimony
Picture of Congregation
Picture of Congregation
Friday Evening Speaker
Elder Timothy Beard - Assistant Pastor, Tallahassee, FL
Elder Timothy Beard preaching the closing message 
Congregation standing as Presiding Bishop Edward Smith
gives closing remarks before closing the service
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith closing out the
58th Annual Holy Convocation




 

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 Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaching the closing message
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Bishop Smith and the Advisory Council with
South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who visited 
the opening night of the 60th Holy Convocation






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