The Inaugural Celebration Gala Committee

Greetings brothers & sisters,


It is with great joy that we approach the celebration of the Episcopal Elevation of Bishop James H. Bowman Sr. We are prepared to give glory and honor to God for all that he is doing in the life of his servant. However, we want to be sure we do so as safely as possible.


We will be following CDC Guidelines and Protocol. Masks must be worn accept when eating. Temperature checks will be taken upon entry. Please note we have provided free valet parking for all of our guest.

If you are not feeling well please be so kind to refrain from attending. We wish to provide a safe environment for everyone.


We are in great expectation of the Lord. Looking forward to sharing this historical moment with you.



Levitical District

New York Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

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Lady Cynthia Benning

District Missionary

District Missionary Cynthia A. Benning
Missionary Cynthia Benning has served as an active member on the New York Central Jurisdiction Women's Department Executive Board since its inception. She was selected for the seat of District Missionary to the Levitical District by Bishop James H. Bowman; a position previously held by her mother, the late District Missionary Sylvia Edwards. She was appointed by Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Ronald J. Hoston and duly sanctioned by Jurisdictional Supervisor, Mother Saundra L. Reed.

A believer in the foundational training of the young people of God, Missionary Benning served as the first female Jurisdictional AIM chairperson in the western and central New York areas under the appointment and leadership of Bishop Ronald J. Hoston. Known for her musical ability, Missionary Benning serves as president of the New York Central music department. Her energy and passion encourages others to become witnesses of Christ through music. 

Missionary Benning happily supports her husband in ministry as first lady of Upper Room C.O.G.I.C. with her husband, Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Benning. In addition to service and leadership within her jurisdiction and district, Missionary Benning is vice president of the International Music Department for the Churches of God in Christ, under the leadership of International Music Department President/Minister of Music, Dr. Judith McAllister.


Bishop James H. Bowman Sr.


Bishop Designate

Dr. James H. Bowman Sr.

Auxiliary Bishop, New York Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Bishop Designate Dr. James H. Bowman Sr. is a visionary and contemporary manservant of God who has a heart of compassion for all people. Under Dr. Bowman's leadership, the Antioch Church in Buffalo, New York which he has pastored since 1983 joined the New York Central Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ at its inception in 2008.

Dr. Bowman holds an Honorary Doctorate from the National School of Theology and has extensive theological education through the C.H. Mason Bible College at Buffalo, Houghton Bible College and Moody Bible Institute. He obtained his postsecondary education at the State University of New York College at Buffalo and went on to work for 20 years with the Buffalo Public School Board Quality Integration Education Program.

Bishop Designate Bowman has proven administrative and organization building skills which he has demonstrated in his work with New York Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He serves as Administrative Assistant, Chairman of the Ordination Board and Chairman of the Executive Board under Jurisdictional Prelate Bishop Ronald J. Hoston. He has also served as the Western New York Leader of The Great Commission of Churches. Dr. Bowman is equally talented as an accomplished musician and recording artist.

Dr. Bowman is the son of the late Presiding Elder Reverend Morris L. Bowman and Mother Ruby M. (McAdams) Bowman. He has shared 47 years of marriage with First Lady Kathryn F. Bowman who is the daughter of the late Bishop Carl Roberson who served as Prelate of the South Dakota Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ. He is patriarch to three generations of family whose accomplishments reflect their godly upbringing. He is the father of four— Missionary Karla (Charkunda) Taylor, Elder James H. Bowman Jr., Kristina (Brandon) Smith and Jason (Leilani) Bowman and grandfather of Eleven. Dr. Bowman is committed to the advancement of the Kingdom through relevant scriptural exegesis accompanied by a life of demonstrative works that fulfill the greatest commandment as prescribed in Matthew 22:37-40.

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Purchase your registration for the Inaugural Gala on September 24, 2021.

Join The Levitical District as we honor Bishop James H. Bowman Sr., Superintendent on the Episcopal elevation to Bishop in the Church of God In Christ Inc. The Levitical District is hosting an inaugural celebration gala on September 24, 2021. This commemorative black-tie affair will be held at the beautiful Statler City in Downtown Buffalo, NY.

Hotel Accommodations: 
Embassy Suites in Buffalo, NY 
200 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14202
Ph: 716-842-1000
Use the group code: BBC

For more information about the gala, please call Pastor Daniel Benning at 716-380-7505 or Sis. Beverly Wells at 716-308-8190.