|Posted by United Covenant on April 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM|
BROOKLYN, NY – More than 2,000 will gather for the enthronement of the Most Reverend Eric D. Garnes,D. Min. to the office of Prelate and Presiding Bishop of the United CovenantChurches of Christ (United). TheHigh Holy Service of Installation will be held on Friday, October 30, 2009 at7:00 p.m. at The Elim International Fellowship located at 20 Madison Street inBrooklyn, New York. Bishop Garnes,senior pastor of Tabernacle of Praise (Cathedral) in East Flatbush is third insuccession to the office. Archbishop J. Delano Ellis, spiritual father to Garnes andestablishmentarian of United, is the chief installer. Archbishop Alfred A. Owens is the homilist.
United CovenantChurches of Christ is made up of more than 20,000 members globally. The movement existsto build an innovative ethnically, culturally, and raciallydiverse organization through which the Gospel of Jesus Christ isproclaimed. It promotes the growthof local churches and creates a resourceful and meaningful networking environmentfor pastors. Further, it emphasizesthe need for and importance of theological and secular academics. United is designing programs to fosterhigher learning in order to cultivate well-rounded clerical leadership world-wide. Most importantly, it seeks to develop“oneness” in the body of Christ based on biblically-sound teaching and theprinciples and culture of God.
Formerly known asThe United Pentecostal Churches of Christ, the organization was formed in 1992under the leadership of Archbishop J. Delano Ellis. What began with about seven churches has grown steadily intomore than 250. With renewed vigorand commitment, United prepares to embark on addressing the issues of socialjustice and education at home and abroad. The core of the mission continues to be biblical teaching and Christianfellowship.
BishopGarnes–known for his exceptionally high standard of excellence–is celebrated internationally as a prolific preacher, teacher, and scholar of the Gospel. His rise to the helm of United isinteresting, but not at all surprising. With humble beginnings as a child at Gospel Truth Church of God in a Brooklynbasement, his succession in ministry and the episcopacy has been unique. He served in every capacity from deaconto senior pastor and from adjutant-general to assistant presiding bishop. Unbeknownst to him, he was being preparedover time for the office he now assumes. Garnes served faithfully to those preceding him in leadership.
Despite a neardeath experience in the first few months of his life, he miraculously survivedto become a highly accomplished visionary. A strong proponent of education, he earned his Doctorate ofMinistry from Drew University. Heearned a Masters of Divinity from International Theological Seminary and aMasters in Professional Studies from NYACK College’s Alliance TheologicalSeminary where he is an adjunct professor. Garnes is a licensed funeral director, a certifiedbereavement counselor at his family-owned and operated Frank R. Bell FuneralHome.
Garnes’scommitment to community empowerment, growth, and development are evident in hislocal associations. His vision isresponsible for the creation of the Dove Initiative Domestic Violence AwarenessProgram which conducts advocacy and outreach activities, educational workshops,and short-term counseling. Heserves as Police/Clergy Liaison for the 67th Precinct of the NYPDand is a member of the delegates of Community Board 17. Bishop Garnes’s ecclesiasticalaffiliations include serving as a board member of Bishop T. D. Jakes’s PHIPA(Pastoral Alliance). He is DeputyChairman of the Advisory Board of the Joint College of African-American Bishopscomprised of more than 700 bishops internationally.