The History of Western Georgia Jurisdiction
The long time resident of Rome, Georgia was born out of the union of the late Linton and Addie Lee Hamilton Spivey on June 28, 1934. He was married for 43 years to the late Lucille Dean Spivey and is the proud father of 4 children.Dr. Spivey accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in April 1959 and was saved under the late Superintendent Simon Shuman. He received his call to the gospel ministry in June 1962 and esteems it an honor to have been ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ by the late Bishop O.T. Jones, Sr. (during his tenure as Second Senior Bishop C.O.G.I.C.) in August 1963. Dr. Spivey was appointed to the pastorate of Prince of Peace Church of God in Christ in 1983 and Commenced pastoring at his current church, Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ, Cedartown, Georgia, in 1979.
His storied life presented a man of God, full of wisdom, a visionary, the epitome of a servant. Dr. Spivey exemplifies a Christlike attitude as he reaches out to assist others. With dedication, resolve and fervor, he demonstrated a spirit of servitude as he progressed in the Lord at all levels of the Church. In the local Church he served diligently in the Usher Board, and the Junior and Senior Deacon Board. His leadership ability and faithfulness was apparent and recognized by is bishop who appointed him to a significant position in the Marietta District as Chairman of both Atlanta and Marietta Districts where he lead by example for more than twenty-five years. His dedicated service and commitment in the Central Georgia Jurisdiction dates back to include over forty years of service in numerous capacities, as follows: Jurisdiction Auditor, Vice Chairman of the Elder' Council, Vice Chairman of the State Steering Committee, Chairman of the Ordination Board for twenty years, Administrative Assistant to the Jurisdictional Prelate and Chairman of the State Consecration Committee. As God would have it, he wholeheartedly worked with pride in the National Church as National Adjutant (past member), Financial Secretary for UNAC (national church summer conference), Treasurer for the International Sunday School Department for nine years and past member of the National Constitution Committee.
Civic and Community Affiliations-- Past and Current, include: Assistant Committee Chairman, Boy Scouts of America, Tallatoona Area (past member), Floyd county Community Action Group (past member), Floyd County Merit Board (past member), Cedartown Ministries Alliance (past president and past treasurer). He was recently honored with the 2005 Polk County Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service. In addition, his church stands out as a beacon in community as it is known to be a church caring for the needs of the less fortunate.
Dr. Spivey was a strong advocate of education and as such, invested many years in preparation for his business accounting and professional career, but most importantly and foremost, for the gospel ministry. He received his formative education at Cherokee County School, Cedar Bluff, Alabama, on May 23, 1953. Continuing to pursue his education, he matriculated at Main School of Business. 1961-64; Coosa Valley Technical College, 1969-70; and Floyd Junior College, 1976079. He earned degrees as follows: 1983- Bachelor of Business Administration, Southwestern University; 187-Master of Divinity, Mason Seminary and in 1994 his Doctor of Ministry in pastoral Care and Counseling at Mason Seminary.
Dr. Spivey's personal successes and achievements have been manifested as blessings that brought to the forefront his purpose and calling to the gospel ministry. Through it all, he remained humbled and serves with a grateful heart as an anointed disciple of Jesus Christ, knowing that promotion comes from God. To God Be the glory.
In 2003, the Western Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Georgia was established, and on April 1, 2005, Dr. Spivey was consecrated to the Bishopric and installed as the Jurisdictional Prelate by Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. until God called him home to his reward.
The Late Bishop Dr. Henderson Spivey
God has called another great servant, Bishop Henderson Spivey, home to his reward.