Greater Harvest was formed as an association in the early part of 1956 with Elder Emmitt Campbell as Chief Elder and Pastor.   There were approximately 28 members good standing at the times of the church’s inception.  Its headquarters was located at 1144 Olive Avenue, Long Beach, California which is in Los Angeles County.  The building was once a Carpenter’s Hall.  Prior to Elders Campbell’s time of service as Pastor, another minister served as overseer of the congregation for a short period of time.

On August 12th, 1956, Elder Campbell (Chief Elder, Pastor and ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees) presided over the duly called membership meeting of the then association of for the adoption of the resolution authorizing the incorporation of the church.  In addition to the unanimous adoption of the resolution authorizing the incorporation of the church under the corporate d and name of “The Greater Harvest Church Of God In Christ”, as a non-profit corporation, a majority of the Board of Trustees were authorized to – cause to be executed and filed with the Secretary of State of the State of California the Articles of Incorporation of the association.

The members of the Board of trustees were (in alphabetical order):

  • Louis Ealy
  • Richard T. Enright
  • John Howze
  • James Mass
  • Anna B. Moore


The Greater Harvest C.O.G.I.C. has been in the same location since its inception.

Greater Harvest believes in promoting excellence in service and devotions to the work of the ministry.   The church has continuously served the community in the location of its inception.  Over the years, Greater Harvest has been instrumental in providing various local ministry relate projects as well as community focuses,  projects  such as sponsoring community cleanup activities providing free food and clothing to people in need, school supplies for youth in the neighborhood, offering encouragement to individuals who are shut-in, hospitalized or incarcerated.  Other charitable acts include facilitating shelter and care for displaced persons as well as job placement.

The leadership charge and propagation of the WORD of Faith at The Greater Harvest COGIC has been faithfully carried out under the auspices of Elder Emmitt Campbell (affectionately known as “Papa Campbell”), Elder Lawrence Kelly, Elder Norman Hutchins (a Gospel Recording Artist), Elder Ricky Montgomery (“The Hurricane”), Dr. Derreyl E. Blake, Sr., Dr. Melvin G. Barney, ESQ and the leadership continues…  Greater Harvest has also had the distinct privilege of being pastured by Bishop Charles Edward Blake and Bishop Joe L. Ealy on some brief occasions.

Today, the Preached Word can be heard around the world via the power of Internet radio and the church’s website.  Please log on to the www.ghcogic.com to view how the Lord is blessing!


History of

The Greater Harvest Church Of God In Christ