Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ (COOLJC) was founded in the year 1919 by Bishop Robert C. Lawson, D.D., LL.D. Bishop Lawson in his lifetime was awarded many honors for his contributions as
In 1961, Bishop Lawson’s death necessitated new leadership. The Board of Apostles was formed with Bishop Hubert J. Spencer, Bishop William L. Bonner, and Bishop Maurice H. Hutner. Bishop Hubert J. Spencer was unanimously elected to preside.
In 1961, Bishop Bonner became the pastor of the three thousand member mother church, the Greater Refuge Temple in Harlem, New York City. William L Bonner became the third
Apostle Gentle I. Groover became the 4th presider and reign from 1995 to 2001. Apostle James I. Clark was the 5th presider and reign from 2001 to 2007. Apostle Matthew Norwood reign from 2007 to 2013, Apostle Robert L. Sanders, Sr.. reign from 2013 to 2016