We are part of a larger family
called the California Northwest Jurisdiction. Bishop W.W. Hamilton is
our Jurisdictional Prelate and Mother Mary Madeline Welch is Jurisdictional
Supervisor of Women . The Supt. W. L. Bains (deceased) and Missionary
Mary C. Bains founded St. Samuel Church in 1966. The present building
was completed in 1972. Our belief is that the people are the church, and
our people are happy and giving folks who come from all over the world.
Elder Paul J. Bains has been our senior pastor since 1998. He was ordained
an elder in Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ in 1993. He is married
to Evangelist Cheryl Bains who co-ministers with Pastor Paul and they
have three young and very special daughters.
OF GOD IN CHRIST is a Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in
which the word of God is preached, ordinances are administered and the
doctrine of sanctification or holiness is emphasized, as being essential
to the salvation of mankind.
Our Church is commonly known as being Holiness or Pentecostal in nature
because of the importance ascribed to the events which occurred on the
Day of Pentecost, the 50th day after the Passover, or Easter as being
necessary for all believers in Christ Jesus to experience.
Our Church is also considered to be a member of the great Protestant body
though it did not directly evolve from the European or English Reformation
but had its origin within the General Association to the Baptist Church.
Elder Charles Harrison Mason, who later became the founder and organizer
of the Church of God in Christ, was born September 8,1866, on the Prior
Farm near Memphis, Tennessee.