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Our Leaders



Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Johnny Elwood Gatlin, Sr.

Superintendent J. Elwood Gatlin, Sr. was born July 22, 1973 to the late Pastor James H. Gatlin, Sr. and District Missionary Phyllis White Gatlin. At an early age, he gave his life to Christ at the St. Paul’s Church Of God In Christ, Virginia Beach, VA. It was there under his father’s tutelage that he received his early Christian training and the foundation was laid for his life and his calling to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ

On the first Sunday of November 1994, he began his first Pastorate in Cape Charles Virginia under Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr. His next pastorate assignment was in Hurlock, MD under the late Bishop George Fletcher and Bishop Paul Harmon. At age 23, he was appointed Superintendent of the Salisbury District. During this stent, he could be found establishing churches in the Cambridge, MD and Denton, MD area.

In 2005, Supt. Gatlin relocated to North Carolina where he began his pastorate in Asheville NC. In 2007, the late Bishop C. E. Anderson, Sr. appointed him to the then Faith Chapel COGIC in Hendersonville, NC where  he  worked  faithfully  until  his  next assignment. December of 

2012, Supt. Gatlin was sent to Bolton COGIC by Interim Bishop Jerry Wayne Macklin (Second Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ). He was appointed in January of 2013 by Bishop Stenneth S. Powell, Sr. (Prelate of North Carolina Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction - Church Of God In Christ) as the Pastor of Gospel Harvest COGIC, formerly known as Bolton COGIC, Supt. Gatlin could be found preaching the gospel and implementing Godly strategies in this new millennium.

Supt. Gatlin has also served as Administrative Assistant in the North Carolina Second Jurisdiction under the late Bishop C. E. Anderson, Sr., the late Bishop Otis Lockett, Sr., and Bishop Jerry Wayne Macklin. He currently serves with Bishop Stenneth E. Powell, Sr.  On Friday, June 21, 2019, Supt. Gatlin was installed as pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church Of God In Christ, Florence SC. Supt. Gatlin teaches that everyone should have a personal relationship with God and allow God to use him or her to bless others and to reach the unsaved through the message of Jesus Christ.

Our First Lady

Lady Chavar Gatlin comes from the musically talented Van Zandt family, a fourth-generation daughter of the Church of God in Christ.


As a pastor’s child she has served in just about every position in a church, Youth Leader, usher, choir member, liturgical dance team member, secretary, Sunday School teacher,  and church trustee.  She is the creative  Co-founder of  Lasting Impressions event planning company.  Lady Gatlin is a licensed Evangelist Missionary in the  Church  Of  God  In Christ, a woman of God who has a heart for women's ministry and an ever-listening ear without a judgmental spirit.   Her favorite scripture is Psalm 91, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."  She aims to live her life in a way that God can use her, anytime and anywhere.



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