Our Pastor


Superintendent Robert G. Rudolph, Jr., a native of Chicago, Illinois, relocated with his family to his father’s native state of Arkansas during his childhood years.  Rudolph is a product of the Harrisburg and Malvern Public Schools where his peers from across the state elected him as Governor of Arkansas Boys’ State.  Pastor Rudolph received a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Political Science, Speech and Theatre from Henderson State University.  During his undergraduate years, he served as the centennial class president, student body president, an active member of the debate team and elected a student member of the national board of directors of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. For almost twenty years, Rudolph has been involved in the legislative and political process by working as reading clerk for the Arkansas Senate, a congressional aide, Special Assistant to the Governor of Arkansas and an Ombudsman.  He is married to Lady Michelle Rudolph.

Superintendent Rudolph, a third generation member of the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the tender age of five, preached his first sermon at the age of seven while standing on a chair and at the age of eleven formally became a licensed minister.  Rudolph won the denomination’s National Oratorical Contest and was summoned to the world headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, to be ordained at the age of eighteen at the hand of the late Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr.  Rudolph began his pastoral ministry in 1996.  He has served as pastor of the Victory Temple COGIC (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) and the Revelation COGIC (Carlisle, Arkansas).  He currently pastors the church in which he preached his first message, the Calvary COGIC (Malvern, Arkansas) and also the Davis Memorial Church Of God In Christ (Crossett, Arkansas).  In the Second Jurisdiction of Arkansas alone he has received appointments as the Chief Adjutant, Auxiliaries In Ministry Chairman, Executive Secretary to the Bishop, and the Administrative Assistant to the retired Prelate, Bishop D. L. Lindsey.  He currently serves the jurisdiction as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Administrative Assistant to Bishop Frank J. Anderson, Jr., Jurisdictional Secretary, and is Superintendent of the Pine Bluff New Day District where he presides over five churches within the jurisdiction.         

In 2007, the Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake appointed Rudolph as an Adjutant Overseer and Scribe of the National Adjutancy.  As the third scribe in the adjutancy’s history, Rudolph is the chief keeper of records for the servant ministry of the denomination which specifically is within the Office of the Presiding Bishop.  In conjunction with this position, he is an Associate General Secretary for the Church Of God In Christ, Inc., in which he is responsible for the maintenance of the denomination’s archives.  In July, 2011, upon the death of Bishop Roy E. Matheney, Sr., Rudolph was given a special assignment by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake in the Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Arkansas.  He was appointed to serve as Administrative Assistant to the Interim Prelate, General Board Member, Bishop George D. McKinney.  In this position he handled the day-to-day operations of the jurisdiction until a permanent Jurisdictional Prelate was consecrated.

While his first devotion is as Shepherd of the flock at both Calvary and Davis Memorial, Rudolph has served the denomination in the following capacities:  Member of the Presiding Bishop’s Absentee Ballot Initiative Committee; General Assembly Executive Committee;  Special Assistant to the  General Secretary; General Assembly Commission on the Constitutional Convention; Presenter for the National Leadership Conference; writer for The Whole Truth Magazine and a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles Harrison Mason Foundation.

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