History of the East Region

The Eastern Region of the International Youth Department is comprised of eight states: Delaware, Eastern New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.  The East Regional youth services, first as the Regional Rally, then as the East Coast Inter-Jurisdictional Youth Explosion has touched the lives of youth in each area of our Region.  Our 12th Regional event, during 2010, was one of the greatest we have ever had where we experienced another awesome move of God in our nation’s capital as we played host to our International Youth Department leaders, President Linwood Dillard and Evangelist Joyce Rodgers.  Where will we end up next?  Stay tuned to find out…


Year City Site Host(s)
1998 Philadelphia, PA Holy Temple COGIC Bishop O. T. Jones, Sr.
1999 Washington, DC New Bethel COGIC Bishop Sherman Howard
2000 Newark, NJ Wells Cathedral COGIC Bishop Norman Prescott
2001 Baltimore, MD Carter Memorial COGIC Bishop David Spann
2002 Brooklyn, NY Historic First COGIC Bishop James Gaylord
2004 Dover, DE Bibleway Temple COGIC Bishop L. T. Blackshear
2005 Portsmouth, VA New Commmunity COGIC Bishop Ted Thomas
2006 Baltimore, MD Carter Memorial COGIC Bishop David Spann
2007 Trenton, NJ 1st Jurisdiction Temple Bishop Martin L. Johnson
2008 Philadelphia, PA Mount Airy COGIC Bishop Ernest Morris, Jr.
2009 Norfolk, VA Garden of Prayer COGIC Bishop Levi Willis, Jr.
2010 Washington, DC The Sancturay Bishop Neavelle Coles
2011 Cherry Hill, NJ Crowne Plaza Bishops of New Jersey
2012 Cherry Hill, NJ Crowne Plaza Bishops of New Jersey
2013 Philadelpha, PA Mount Airy COGIC Bishop Ernest Morris, Jr.
2014 Norfolk, VA Garden of Prayer Worship Center Bishop Levi Willis
2015 Hunt Valley, MD Hunt Valley Inn – Wyndham Grand Hotel Bishops of Maryland
2016 Summerset, NJ Double Tree by Hilton Summerset Hotel Bishops of New Jersey
2017 Rye Brook, NY Hilton Westchester Bishops of New York
Our Presidents
  1. Pastor Greg Frison (1997-2000)

  2. Pastor Kevin Knight, Sr. (2000-2005).

  3. Pastor Tyrone Butler (2005-2013).

  4. Pastor Quentin Battle (2013-2017).

  5. Pastor Marc A. Thomas, Sr. (2017-Present).

Our Chairladies
  1. Evangelist Sharon Golden (2001-2005)

  2. Evangelist Kandace Pierce (2005-2013).

  3. Chairlady Renee Adams (2013-Present).

History of Regions

Start at the beginning…A Historical Perspective

Regions in the International Youth Department have enjoyed a long, rich history.  However, it is in the last 12 years that the IYD Regions have developed a greater impact and relevance with the introduction of Regional Rallies.

Regional Rallies were introduced to the department under the leadership of then Int’l Youth President J. Drew Sheard.  Together with the International Music Department they were first developed as “MY” Rallies, following the same conceptual structure of the “MY” convention in A.I.M.  The Rallies were designed with youth and youth workers in mind, giving an opportunity for the International leadership to reach the youth and youth leaders from coast to coast in a uniquely tangible and personal way that could not be achieved in the national departmental conventions.  Ostensibly the Rallies are conducted with several overriding purposes:

  • To generate enthusiasm, excitement and participation among the youth, promoting awareness of the various programs and activities of the International Youth Department and driving greater zeal and attendance in the International AIM Convention.
  • To conduct sessions allowing the national department leadership time with the jurisdictional presidents and chairladies, communicating the vision, initiatives and strategic plan of the department. This enhances cohesiveness and connectivity between the local youth leaders and the national department, engendering excitement and energy on the part of “grass roots” local youth workers, spurring growth of the national work.
  • To allow youth all over the country to experience the power and impact of the national ministries at the local level, particularly for those youth whose personal economic conditions would not facilitate them attending a national meeting in a particular year.
  • To allow the youth an opportunity for fellowship, while giving them quality time and exposure to the national leadership.

With this in mind, then President Sheard, working with then International Music President Luvonia Whittley, introduced the concept to take these services around the country calling together the youth and youth workers from all over a particular geographic area to come to a Music and Youth or “M.Y. Rally”

During the first year the rallies were held, beginning the Spring of 1998, there was a tremendous response and enthusiasm from all of the youth, workers and committed departmental staff.  The Rallies grew from the very first year in size and impact as around the county the influence of the programs of the national departments were felt during these times of fellowship and Worship.

During subsequent administrations, the Music and Youth departments began to each support their own separate departmental rallies around the country, but the impact of these events rather than diminishing grew and the Regional Youth Rallies as the IYD regional events became subsequently known, continued to leave an indelible imprint on the lives of the youth.

For a brief period, in order to focus departmental resources and organizational energy on other priorities, the focus was taken off of organizing Regional Rallies.  However in the recent past under our current leadership of the Presiding Bishop and our International President, the Regional Youth Rallies have returned in full strength and are now being planned and conducted around the country.