Mortgage Burning & Dedication Celebration
In 2012, Alabama First Jurisdiction COGIC paid off the mortgage on Headquarters (Holy Hill). On October 16, 2013, COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake made mention of Bishop Meadows’ great guidance and stewardship during the dedication and mortgage burning event. The Master of Ceremonies duties were shared by Superintendents W.K. Ellison, Chief Operating Officer of Bishop’s Programs and Dr. Terrell Harris Jr., Fourth Administrative Assistant. A parade of Mayors and a host of dignitaries were also present as Bishop Blake brought a message on Dedication, highlighting from the Bible, the Book of Ruth.
Bishop Blake said, “The story of Ruth is the story of determination and the importance of being associated with great people. Her clinging to Naomi was a result of her being placed on Ruth’s heart. Only by working together in relationship with others can great things be accomplished.” He said, “Alabama you are impacting eternity, Alabama you did it. I believe I am in the presence of some stewards. God will remember you because you put in the work.” Some other remarks Bishop Blake said during the ceremony are, “Unity and having one mind requires commitment, the commitment to make things work whether in marriage, work, church, etc. Be the best person you can. Avoid bitterness, fish can live a life time in salt water yet not be salty. If fish can do it so can we in this world.” The service concluded with the acknowledgement of the deed to the property, the burning of the mortgage and the dedication of Headquarters as the O.L. Meadows Cathedral.
Bishop O.L. Meadows and the Executive Board of Alabama First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ met with Weaver Reality and owners to sign a contract to purchase Holy Hill which contains twenty four houses, located on eighteen acres in the metropolitan area of Bessemer, Alabama in 1993. At this time, realtors gave the asking price of 3 million dollars to Bishop Meadows for this property located on Bessemer Super Highway. After prayer and negotiating with the real estate company and the owners, Bishop Meadows got the price down to $750, 000.00.
The original structure where the sanctuary stands was only a large metal structure with garage doors and no office spaces. Now this area includes a sanctuary that seats approximately 2500, with a choir loft, upstairs chapel, large stage pulpit, wall to wall carpet and air conditioning. The fellowship hall includes a state of the art kitchen and a dining hall that comfortably seats 500. Other areas include an office building, O.L. Meadows School of Ministry facilities, the Bishop’s suite, six offices, a large conference room, a daycare, dormitories and 2 playgrounds.
Superintendent John E. Grayson: Public Relations Coordinator, Alabama 1st Jurisdiction COGIC
Editing: Evangelist Carolyn Boswell