COGIC mourns the passing of Bishop Chandler David Owens

JANS – ­Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and the General Board of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) are saddened by the passing of General Board Member and former Presiding Bishop Chandler David Owens.Bishop Chandler David Owens passed away on Sunday at 79 years of age in Atlanta, Georgia. An internationally known leader, Bishop Owens for more than 35 years faithfully served as a member of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ and from 1995-2000, as Presiding Bishop of the church.Presiding Bishop Blake, says “the Former Presiding Bishop, Chandler David Owens’ contribution to the Church of God in Christ will forever be remembered in the annals of church history with gratitude, fondness, and respect. Though we mourn his passing, we celebrate his life.“Born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 2, 1931, Bishop Owens started preaching as a young child; his ministry spanned more than seven decades. He was a lifelong member of the church, traveled globally and ministered in practically every state in America.Funeral services are to be held on  Thursday, March 10, 2011 at  7 pm at New Life Tabernacle Church of God in Christ  (715 Cleveland Avenue S.E.0 Atlanta, GA 30354) and Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11 am at Turner Chapel Cathedral AME Church (492 N. Marietta Parkway, NE- Marietta, GA 30060).