Above Left To Right: Debra Mason-Patterson, Wife Of Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson;
Mother Annie Bailey;
Evangelist Elvie J. Owens, Wife Of Dr. Christopher C. Owens
Mother Bailey served many years as Supervisor in New Jersey and Maryland.
In 1934 she married Bishop J. S. Bailey, an outstanding officer of the Church, who
later became a member of the General Board. He was her faithful companion
and escort. Mother Bailey served as the first financial secretary to the first
national Mother, Mother Lizzie Robinson. She served as Assistant National Supervisor
to Mother Lillian Brooks Coffey and as Vice-President of The
International Women's Convention. She had a very close relationship with
founder and Chief Apostle Bishop Mason and his family. She served as
governess to Mason's children for a number of years, and she traveled as a companion
and secretary to Bishop Mason in his declining years.
She rightly earned the name she was called by the brethren: "Darling of the
Brotherhood" , "Sweetheart of the Church".
After the death of Mother Coffey, Mother Bailey was appointed to head the
women's work. During her tenure, the COGIC experienced an organizational
crisis precipated by the death of its Charismatic Founder C. H. Mason.
The units she added were: Business and Professional Women's Resque Squad,
Sunday School Representatives Unit, United Sisters of Charity,
National Secretaries Unit, Junior Missionaries, Renewed the Women's Magazine
(The COGIC Woman), and appointed the first National President of the
Sewing Circle - Artistic Fingers. During her tenure, she presided over 11
women conventions (1965 - 1975), several of which her daughter, Clara
attended with her.
Mother Bailey was a woman of wisdom and she left a great legacy. With much
wisdom, Mother Bailey had braved out the greatest storm in the history of the Church
of God in Christ: The Church in its transition from Bishop Mason's leadership.
The women stuck together and held the church in harness until the brethren
found their identity in the form of leadership that they had to have at that time.
The ensuing battles of the 1960's led to lawsuits, counter lawsuits and
even fist fights on the convention floors.
The denomination experienced small splits in factions in 1969. As a result of the turmoil,
the Church of God in Christ, International was one of the churches evolving
from the split. They kept the doctrine of the Church of God in Chrisr but
disagreed with the method of electing new officers to preside over the denomination.
Below, Mother Bailey was much smaller in her declining years, but she was still
greatly involved in her work as the General Supervisor of women.
Here, Mother Annie Bailey was receiving the C. H. Mason Award from
the Religious Workers Guild, Inc., as she stood with Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr.,
(Far Left), Bishop W. L. Porter, and Dr. Christopher C. Owens,
International President of the Guild.