A True Servant is one who unselfishly gives of
himself to others, and without reservation, is loyal to those
Bishop W.L. Porter exemplified these characteristics
during more than forty years of dedicated and faithful service
to the leaders and great saints of the Church of God In Chris
and to his fellow man.
He was introduced to the Executive Leadership
of the Church by Bishop L.H. Ford in 1953, when he served as his
assistant in the department of Public Relations. It was during
that time he became acquainted with and served our Founding Father
of the National Church, Bishop C.H. Mason.
After the demise of Bishop Mason in 1961, Bishop
Porter assisted Bishop A.B. McEwen, Sr., Chairman of the Executive
Committee, Senior Bishop O.T. Jones, Sr. and the interim leadership
of the Church in holding together our people and our great heritage.
He was available then when there was a need and that same spirit
and allegiance continued until he passed in 2009.
The year 1968 brought with it our first elected
Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. continuing in his role as a loyal servant,
Bishop Porter assisted Bishop Patterson with the many duties he
was to perform as head of our growing Church, has now become international.
Continuing his legacy of service, in 1981, Bishop
Porter was appointed Jurisdictional Bishop of Central Jurisdiction
of Tennessee. He was assigned approximately thirty churches, and
within seventeen years, the Jurisdiction had grown to over sixty
churches. Bishop Porter developed and extension program that assisted
pastors in Central Tennessee Jurisdiction in securing approximately
$2 million in financing for church mortgages. At the direction
of each of the Presiding Bishops, he was instrumental in helping
pastors and bishops across the country in obtaining loans and
guarantees of more than $5 million. He used his experience to
aid pastors and church leaders alike.
1989, God saw fit to call Bishop Patterson from labor to reward.
As usual, Bishop Porter was on hand assisting the leadership of
the Church through another transition. Because of his proven record
of service and loyalty, he was again called upon by the leader
of the Church, Bishop L.H. Ford to assist with the administrative
affairs of the Church. He was worked with Bishop Ford untiringly
and helped him to attain an unprecedented record of new construction
in our Church.
In March 1995, God called another great laborer,
Bishop Ford, home to his reward. Characteristically, Bishop Porter
stood in the gap, providing assistance of the new Church leader,
Bishop Chandler David Owens, in his efforts to redefine the role
of the church now and into the 21st century.
In 1999, Bishop Porter was elected to the highest
serving board of the Church of God in Christ, the General Board,
which consists of 12 members, including the Presiding Bishop.
This great leader who followed the guidance of
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Porter, Sr, and was nurtured by
his siblings was instrumental in shaping the lives of his four
children, goddaughter and many more. His wife Mrs. Ida M. Flagg
Porter faithfully stood by his side as he met challenge and success.
Because of the works of Bishop W.L. Porter, many lives have been
changed for the good.