Jurisdictional Prelate

Bishop Carl A. Pierce, Sr.

Bishop Carl A. Pierce, Sr., a Tyler Junior College and University of Houston graduate, formally entered the ministry in 1986 and was ordained and Elder in 1989.  


On July 2, 2000 at the demise of his predecessor, the late Bishop Frank James Ellis, Bishop Pierce was appointed to the office of Senior Pastor of Carter Memorial Church Of God In Christ where he has led the ministry to exceptional growth expanding its territory and ministry outreach to include Delaware, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) metroplex.


His commitment and passion for ministry is obvious by his continual response and execution of the many ministerial assignments and responsibilities relegated to him.  

A dedicated servant of the Lord, he was consecrated to the Office of Auxiliary Bishop in 2017, and later appointed Jurisdictional Prelate of Maryland Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in November 2018 by the Presiding Bishop and General Board of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc.  


Bishop Pierce serves the Church Of God In Christ in numerous capacities to include: Vice Chairman of the International Auxiliaries In Ministry (AIM) Convention, Vice Chair of the National Elections Commission, Logistics Coordinator for the National Leadership Conference, Associate White House Liaison for the Church Of God In Christ, and is responsible for Ecclesiastical Services in the Annual Holy Convocation. 

As an active participant in city and state governmental affairs, Bishop Pierce is often being called upon to participate in dialog with state and city leaders regarding the plight of city, state, and national concerns, and is an avid conduit in the community towards impacting lives for abundant living.


Bishop Pierce shares his accomplishments, dreams, and vision with his daughter, Tiffany, son, Carl, II, and his two grandchildren, Xavier and Skylar.