About this blog

This blog is dedicated to the life, work and memory of Texas COGIC pioneer Bishop Richard E. Ranger (1899-1992). Read more about Bishop Ranger’s  courageous opposition to abuse in the Church of God in Christ here, here,  here and here.

About Bishop Ranger

rangerMr. Speaker, during Black History Month 2004, I rise today to recognize an outstanding and historic African American ministry and church in my district. It is my distinct pleasure to honor Bishop and Mrs. R.E. Ranger and historic Wayside Church of God In Christ, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bishop R.E. Ranger served as the legendary Pastor of Wayside Church of God In Christ from January 16, 1930 until January 6, 1992–a period of 62 years of continuous ministry at the same Church location at 2100 Beckham Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76104–and is believed to have served one of the longest tenures as a Pastor of the same church–if not the longest–of any pastor in Fort Worth history and one of the longest continuous pastoral tenures in the State of Texas.

Bishop R.E. Ranger was born on Sunday, January 22, 1899 in the small, southern, rural area of Wilson Creek community, Allenhurst, Texas in Matagorda County and was a serious, disciplined student who became a voracious reader and independent learner who acknowledged the call of God to preach the gospel at age 17 in San Antonio, Texas and continued as a gospel preacher for over 75 years (Diamond Jubilee).

Bishop R.E. Ranger rose from very humble beginnings on his own via early self-education at the St. Mary’s Baptist Church using Catholic books and materials and without customary parental support to become an outstanding radio and TV trailblazer and pioneer in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the nation and with the aid and assistance of radio and TV stations owned by Amon Carter, Jr.–WBAP Radio and WBAP-TV–achieved a number of historic `firsts’ in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, including but not limited to: the Founding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ (Southeast) in Texas; a pioneering Pastor and Bishop in the Church of God In Christ in the State of Texas; the first African American appointed a denominational Bishop in Fort Worth History; the first African American minister in America to receive `national’ radio air time; the first African American minister in the South to have a national radio ministry in the early 1930’s; first African American minister south of the Mason/Dixon line to have weekly broadcasts short waved to many parts of the world–such as Australia, South America and England; and, became internationally known and his homilies were featured on television from such locales as Piccadilly Square in London and Honolulu, Hawaii; first African American minister in America to be seen in a “live” television worship service from a church auditorium; featured in June 1949 issue of Ebony Magazine as one of the “Outstanding Black Ministers on Radio”; and a survey revealed his WBAP radio audience to be about six (6) million at its peak.

Bishop R.E. Ranger was the historic minister of the Wayside Church of God In Christ. In 1944, he personally drew up the blueprints for the current Wayside Church after receiving a God-given vision of a new, brick church in the “shape of a cross” with a tower. With that vision, he tore down the former church facility–the “Little Wooden Church on the Hill”–with his own hands.

Bishop R.E. Ranger was a pioneer in the Church of God in Christ in the state of Texas and was appointed Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ (Southeast) by the founder of the Church of God In Christ–Bishop C.H. Mason. He also became an influential state and national religious leader headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bishop R.E. Ranger willingly opened doors for activities for the good of the larger community and provided material and spiritual assistance to countless numbers of people in need. As a member of the NAACP and the Interdenominational Minesterial Alliance, he was actively involved in religious, civic, and educational activities and the struggle for human rights [source]. — Rep Kay Granger (R-TX) Feb 25, 2004

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Documentation History

GCM Watch began covering clergy sexual abuse and in particular clergy sexual abuse in the nation’s largest black denomination in December 2003 with an article originally posted on witnessfortheworld.org

As more cases being attracting media attention, GCM Watch begin reporting on their frequency. In the process of gathering, writing and archiving, GCM Watch evolved into the only online resource hosting such an extensive database of information on COGIC and clergy sexual abuse. In March 2011, we made a decision to separate the clergy sexual abuse content from GCM Watch and begin covering it in a dedicated blog.  Once all archived content has been transferred from GCM Watch, it will be deleted.

If you are researching for writing, you have permission to use any material (including comments) with attribution to GCM Watch. With exception to original news stories, you do not have permission to use the material without noting that it originated with GCM Watch. Online usage must include a link to the original article or comment.

If you are unfamiliar with what actions define sexual crimes against children, The National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect defines child sexual assault as:

“Contacts or interactions between a child and an adult when the child is being used for sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or another person when the perpetrator or another person is in a position of power or control over the victim.” Sexual abuse has been defined to include inappropriate physical contact, making a child view sexual acts or pornography, using a child in making pornography, or exposing an adult’s genitals to a child.

In some states, social workers, medical professionals, clergy, foster parents, attorneys, and camp counselors are required to report abuse. Some states require any person who suspects abuse to report it to authorities. More at US Legal Definitions.

  1. November 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I’m heading to Memphis on Friday. I’d love to chat about COGIC abuse cases please if you have a minute: 314 645 5915, thanks! david clohessy of SNAP, the survivors network of those abused by priests. . .

    • November 5, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Hello David, sure would love to talk. Thanks for reaching out.

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