OHIO SOUTHERN JURISDICTIONAL CHURCHES
OHIO SOUTHERN JURISDICTION
OHIO SOUTHERN HISTORY
In the early 1950s, Bishop Riley F. Williams was Bishop over all of Ohio and Alabama. He expressed the work was becoming too difficult. Bishop Mason then created an additional Jurisdiction in Ohio named Ohio Southern for the churches geographically on the southern part of the state. Bishop Mason appointed Bishop Malachi Johnson of Cincinnati Ohio as the first Jurisdictional Bishop of Ohio Southern in 1951.
At the demise of Bishop Johnson in 1960 (or 1961), Bishop O. E. Shelton of Akron Ohio was then appointed the next Jurisdictional Bishop. He served until his demise in March 1974.
In the General Assembly of April 1974, Bishop Floyd E. Perry of Cleveland Ohio was ratified as the next Jurisdictional Bishop. He served until his demise in April 2015.
In the General Assembly of April 2016, Bishop Mark L. Perry of Cleveland Ohio was ratified as the next Jurisdictional Bishop. He served until his demise in May 2021. General Board member Bishop Brandon Porter is currently the interim Jurisdictional Prelate and Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard is currently the Pastor of Cathedral COGIC in Cleveland Ohio.