With 45 years in the ministry and 40 years since becoming the founder and senior pastor of his church, Pentecostal Temple COGIC, Rev. Loran E. Mann has now been elevated to bishop of the state of Vermont for the Church of God in Christ religious denomination.
“I’m humbled and blessed to have been chosen. In ordinary terms it’s not something one merits,” said Rev. Mann. “I consider it God’s hand. I’ve had Episcopal aspirations but it was not something I had sought.”
REV. LORAN MANN
Although he will have a new position, Rev. Mann said he will remain the senior pastor of Pentecostal Temple. He will continue to do the work within the Pittsburgh community and will be commuting to Vermont to take care of the business of his jurisdiction and the churches within it.
“I will not be relocating. I will absolutely remain the pastor of Pentecostal Temple, I founded it 40 years ago and I have no plan on leaving and I am not required to,” he said. “Pittsburgh is my life and it’s my home. I will just be commuting. I’m not the first bishop of any denomination (to do so).”
His duties as bishop will include being the spiritual and temporal leader of the churches in the Vermont jurisdiction. He will over see the pastors, ministries and administration of the COGIC denomination within the jurisdiction.
Reverend Mann was selected to take over the Vermont jurisdiction after the death of Bishop Ivory Holden, the previous bishop. According to Rev. Mann, the vote for his elevation was unanimous.
In a press release sent by WGBN AM1150, Presiding Bishop of the COGIC and pastor of the West Angeles COGIC, in Los Angeles, the Most Rev. Charles E. Blake, is quoted as praising Rev. Mann for his exemplary love for God and his people, and his long standing faithfulness to the church.
Reverend Blake was contacted but did not respond by the deadline of this publication.
Along with the church, WGBN, which is owned and operated by Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation and is Pittsburgh’s Gospel radio station, will also continue as regular in light of Rev. Mann’s new position.
The consecration for Rev. Mann’s elevation will take place in November at the denomination’s 103rd Annual Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Mo. Once consecrated, Pentecostal Temple will become a cathedral within its jurisdiction, because it is where a bishop sits.