Welcome to North Carolina Third Jurisdiction’s Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Academy!

The prophet Isaiah said, “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary…” Isaiah 50:4a. This is what the North Carolina Third COGIC Academy is about. It is our sincere desire and goal to produce students who are trained to teach and preach the Word of the Lord in a manner that is doctrinally correct and biblically sound. We are called to be defenders of the faith by sanctifying the Lord God in our hearts and by being ready to give an answer or a defense to every man who asks for a reason of the hope that is in us, according to 1 Peter 3:15.

Furthermore, in Psalm 26:8, King David said, ”Lord I have loved the habitation of thy house and the place where thy honor dwelleth.” We know that the God of the Bible is a great King and worthy of all reverence. As such, anything that is set aside for His glory and use is hollowed. At NC Third COGIC Academy we will teach our students to love church and to love and honor the House of God. We will honor the local church, district, jurisdiction and the National Church. King David also said in Psalm 27:4, ”One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” In this passage he was expressing that his love and desire above all else was to go to the tabernacle, take in all of its ambiance and glory and to be able to pray and seek the Lord there. This should be the sentiments of all those who represent God and carry His Word.

To achieve these goals, I have placed the NC Third Church of God in Christ Academy into the capable hands of Dr. Yvonne Watford-McKinney. She has assembled a great team of thinkers, teachers, elite educators, and instructors to assist with this august responsibility.

Now come, learn, and grow with us! Answer the call of the prophet Isaiah who asked in Isaiah 53:Sb, ”who shall declare his generation?” Who will accurately and precisely tell Christ’s story in this day and culture? Join the NC Third COGIC Academy to answer, I WILL!

In His Service,

Bishop Patrick L. Wooden, Sr., Prelate


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