COGIC Leader, James Neaul Haynes, Remembered by Hundreds as a Faithful Servant of Christ at Homegoing Service in Dallas, Texas


James Neaul Haynes, a Denton native who rose in the ranks of the Church of God in Christ, died on March 9. He was 83.

A national funeral for the influential pastor was held Tuesday at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Ave. in Dallas. He was buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Dallas.

Haynes was born on Aug. 8, 1931, in Denton to Bishop F.L. Haynes and Ola Mae Haynes. He was the couple’s sixth child.

J. Neaul Haynes graduated as class valedictorian from Denton’s Fred Moore High School in 1949 and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado.

He attended Dallas Theological Seminary and was given an honorary doctorate in 1986 from Texas College.

Haynes spent his life serving congregations of the Church of God in Christ, a historically black church, and eventually became a denominational leader.

Haynes was a relatively young preacher, starting in 1949 and then earning a license from the Church of God in Christ in 1952 as an elder. In 1962, he became the pastor of St. Emmanuel Church of God in Christ. He also served as pastor at Jackson Memorial, Wheatley and Haynes Chapel Churches of God in Christ. The Haynes Chapel church was named for Haynes’ father.

Haynes’ final parish was Saintsville Sanctuary Church of God in Christ in Dallas. In 1967, he became a superintendent in the denomination and was elevated to the office of bishop of the Texas Northeast Jurisdiction in 1978.

Haynes was appointed to the National Trustee Board of the denomination. In 1984, Bishop Haynes was appointed to the General Board of the denomination — becoming one of the chief leaders of the religious movement.

In 1997, he became the assistant presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, serving under Presiding Bishops Chandler D. Owens, Gilbert E. Patterson and most recently Charles E. Blake.

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Source: Denton Record Chronicle | 

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