Bishop Emery Lindsay, Pastor and Advisor
Bishop Emery Lindsay is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. His first appointment as pastor was at Christ Temple Church in Memphis, Tennessee. During his pastorate in Memphis, he was joined in holy matrimony to Pearl Hendricks of Compton, California. Through this marriage, they were blessed with six children: Camille, Melanie, Rachel, Erica, Vernon, and Brittany. Since that time they have become the grandparents of five: Pierre, Cleo Jr. and Sydney Cain, and Zoie and Kennedy Odum. To prepare himself for the ministry, Bishop Lindsay attended Olivet Nazarene College and later transferred to LeMoynes Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science in 1976. In 1980, Emery Lindsay was elected president of the National Sunday School and Holiness Young Peoples Congress. He served in that capacity for eight years. In 1982, he was assigned Pastor of Christ Temple Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois. In 1988, he received a Master of Arts degree in Urban Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity. In 1990, he was elected Bishop of the Northern Diocese of COCHUSA (Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana). Two years later, he was elected Second Vice President of the National Convention of the Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A. In 1992, Bishop Emery Lindsay was elected Vice President of the National Convention, COCHUSA. In 1996, he was elected President of the National Convention, COCHUSA at the Centennial Anniversary Convention in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2004, he was elected Senior Bishop of National Convention, COCHUSA in Irvine, California. In 2005, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of New Church Specialties. In 2009, Bishop Lindsay was assigned Pastor of Christ Temple Cathedral in Los Angeles and Presiding Bishop of the Western Diocese. In addition to serving the church family, Bishop Lindsay has served the community in many capacities. He has served as vice-president of the Roseland Clergy Association and as a board member of the American Cancer Society in Illinois. He has also been chaplain for the Roseland Community Block Club and a member of the Board of Directors of Roseland Family YMCA. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roseland Community Hospital and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College. He also serves on the Board of Directors of New Church Specialties. One of the new ventures that Bishop Lindsay is currently involved with is the New Church University. Bishop Lindsay is a board member of its Para organization, New Church Specialties, which seeks to help existing churches become healthy churches and grow naturally. As a part of these services, New Church University is an intensive training resource for building capable and committed church refocusing and new church planting teams; for establishing comprehensive church refocusing and new church planting teams; and for establishing comprehensive church development action plans, or New Church Blueprints. To compliment his labors and responsibilities in the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, his wife Pearl stands by his side to encourage, support, and pray with him and for him. Among her many talents, she is an accomplished soloist and has served in numerous church ministries. Christ Temple Cathedral is blessed to have a minister who believes in being prepared. Bishop Lindsay is faithful in teaching and preaching the word. One of his favorite Bible passages that he quotes often at Christ Temple is Psalm 34: “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked upon Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed…The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.” Psalm 34:1-5, 15.