The "Rebuilding Of The Walls"
Of The Church Of God In Christ - (1990 -1995);
"Rebuilding Of The Walls" was a vision of Bishop L. H. Ford for 40 years ~
Causing The Reopening Of Saints Academy And College
In Lexington, Mississippi.
The Saints Industrial School in Lexington, Mississippi was eventually closed,
but during the reign of Bishop L. H. Ford it was revitalized and reopened!
In more recent years, during the reign of Bishop Ford (1990 - 1995), who
was characterized as being an aggressive and charismatic visionary with
a "Jonah Complex", received a vision from God 40 years before 1990 to
rebuild the "walls" fo the Church of God in Christ. Bishop L. H. Ford made
an incredible 40 year journey in a mere 4 years.
The miracles began with the modernization of our Historic Mason Temple
complete with the elegantly decorated and fitting memorial to our
Sainted Father, Bishop Mason, the All Saints Fellowship Hall and many
other necessary ammenities.
The building of COGIC's walls continued with the acqisition of the apartment
complex adjacent to Mason Temple. This building, which was in gross disrepair,
had been transformed into the Elsie W. Mason Saints Haven.
Named for the widow of Bishop Mason, this complex had been designed to
serve as a facility to house senior saints who had physical impairments.
The facility had been a blessing to those who had enjoyed its warmth
and comfort. It is handicap accessible and has the serene and comfortable
amentities of a home. Mother Elsie Mason, who fell victim to an
impairment, became the first permanent resident to the apartment complex.
The wall building continued with the Mother Mattie McGlothen Home of Love and
Hope Emergency Shelter. A place or refuge for battered or abused women
and children, this facility is one of a kind.
Because from this shelter, the hungry will be fed, clothing will be given to
those needing the same, and counseling will be offered to the despondent and
and assistance to victims of catastrophies across the land.
Lastly, up from the ashes comes what has been called one of the nations'
finest private schools.
Saints Academy and College rests on more than 300 acres of prime land
in Lexington, Mississippi.
Every building had been thorougly modernized with amentities
including central air and heating, newly tiled baths and elegantly decorated
The crowning jewel of the campus is the beautiful and spacious Deborah
Mason Patterson Hall. This multi-purpose building has a 1000 seat auditorium,
guest quarters, conference rooms, faculty offices, the student dining room,
and several other ares for multi-purpose activities.
In a mere 4 years God used Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Ford, with
assistance from General Board members, the General Assembly and the Bishops,
Supervisors, Elders and Laymen, to complete the task. Now the walls are nearly
complete. Mason Temple stands for the North Wall, Saints Haven and the
McGlothen Shelter serves as the Western Wall, and to the South,
we have Saints Academy and College. The work on the walls will never cease
because God reigns. Our walled cities, from which many additional ministries
will flourish, will continue to be built as
"The Vision Continues...."
Below, We See Bishop Christopher C. Owens And His Daughter,
Sis. Christine Owens-Jones,
In Front Of The $4, 000, 000 Debra Mason-Patterson Facility
On The Campus Of The Saints College In Lexington, Mississippi
During The Great Celebration Of The Re-opening Of
This Great School