General Executive Board  

 SUPERINTENDENTBishop Charles Hanson

Bishop Charles Hanson was born in Piedmont, Alabama, on November 9, 1952. He was the fifth of eight siblings born to Rev. and Mrs. Cecil Hanson. He accepted Christ and was called into the ministry at the young age of eleven.  Bishop Hanson believes in teaching and preaching the Word of God just as the Bible teaches, and believes the most important thing one can do in life is win a soul to Christ. Bishop Hanson is a devoted man of God and believes one must “live” the Word. 

Bishop Hanson graduated from Spring Garden High School in 1972 and graduated from Gadsden Business College in November 1973, where he obtained an Accounting Degree.

 Bishop Hanson and his lovely wife, Susan Smith Hanson, were married on June 16, 1972.  From this union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters.

 In 1980, Bishop Hanson was ordained with the Congregational Holiness Church. Bishop Hanson served on the Youth Board in the North Alabama District from 1978 to 1980. He served on the Home Missions Board in the Central Georgia District from 1982 to1983, was District Superintendent of the Central Georgia District from 1991 to 1997, then elected again as District Superintendent from 2002 to 2009.  He also served as General Evangelism/ Home Missions Director from 1997 to 1999.

Along with his other positions and responsibilities, Bishop Hanson also pastored three churches during thirty years of his ministry. Plainview Congregational Holiness Church in the North Alabama District, 1979 to 1981, Living Hope Congregational Holiness in Macon Georgia, 1981 to 2003, and Living Waters Congregational Holiness Church in 2004 to 2009, both in the Central Georgia District.

Bishop Hanson served on staff at the Central Georgia Medical Center in Macon, Georgia, as Chaplain from 1999 to 2008. He currently serves as a Death Row Minister at Jackson Diagnostic Center, in Jackson, Georgia, and has since 2004.  He has witnessed many death row inmates come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  

 In 2009, after many years of working with World Missions, Bishop Hanson accepted the position of General World Missions Executive Director of the Congregational Holiness Church. During his eight years of tenure there, the World Missions of the Congregational Holiness Church grew to more than 10,000 churches, missions, and preaching points.

After more than thirty-eight years of ministering the word in youth camps, camp meetings, revivals, conferences, seminars, retreats, homecomings, hospitals, prison facilities, radio broadcast, and more, along with serving in many leadership positions on the local, district, national, and international levels, in 2017, Bishop Hanson was elected to the highest position of the Congregational Holiness Church, which is General Superintendent, where he currently serves. 

First Lady, Susan Hanson, has served alongside her husband in many different positions during their ministry and has devoted her life to the purpose for which God has destined for her. The First Lady has a true heart for God and for the Church.

Bishop Charles Hanson and First Lady Susan, have two daughters, Dawn Mullis and Julia Johnson, two sons-in-laws, two grandsons and three granddaughters, and currently reside in Griffin, Georgia.


Rev. L. Wayne Hicks was elected to the General Executive Board in 1977 as General Secretary. He served in this position until 1985, when his father, Bishop Cullen Hicks, was elected General Superintendent. During the tenure of his father as General Superintendent, he served on the North Georgia District Presbytery. When Bishop Hicks retired from office in 1991, Rev. Wayne Hicks was elected as Second Assistant General Superintendent in which he served until the 2013 General Conference. At the 2013 General Conference, Rev. Wayne Hicks was elected First Assistant General Superintendent.  

Rev. Wayne Hicks began his pastoral ministry as a young man of only twenty. His first pastorate was at the Corinth Church in Bowman, Georgia from 1967 - 1973. God blessed his ministry and the church grew during the six years that he pastored there into a congregation from sixteen people to more than eighty.   He served the Christian Heritage Congregational Holiness Church, 1973 - 1975 in Graniteville, South Carolina, as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music. 

In 1975, at the age of 28, he entered full-time pastoral ministry at the Bethel Temple Congregational Holiness Church in Demorest, Georgia.  It was during his ministry there that the present church was constructed. He served Bethel Temple for eight years.   In 1983, Pastor Hicks accepted the call to pastor the First Congregational Holiness Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Almost immediately, the church congregation flourished into a congregation averaging 175 people each Sunday. He served there for twelve years. In 1995, Rev. Hicks organized the New Haven Church in which he presently serves.  

On August 6, 1995, New Haven Church met for the very first time in a conference room at the Holiday Inn in Gainesville, Georgia. Fifty-two people attended the first service. From that meeting, New Haven Church was birthed. From the beginning, the church has grown. The first sanctuary was constructed in 1998. The sanctuary was quickly filled and new construction began on a second sanctuary in the summer of 2003.   The new sanctuary will seat 650 people. God has brought The New Haven Church to a membership of almost three hundred and an attendance of almost four hundred.


Stephen D. Phillips is the Lead Pastor of Christian Heritage Church in Graniteville, South Carolina (2002-Present). Under his leadership the congregation experiences healthy growth with approximately 600 weekly in attendance.


Since 1990, he has served the church in a variety of capacities including Youth Pastor, Minister of Christian Education and Worship Leader. He currently serves on the Board of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia and a member of the Advisory Board of Security Federal Bank in Aiken, SC.


Stephen received a B.S. in Religion from Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia and an M.A. in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Caleb and Joshua.

SECRETARY: Rev. Jonathan Fitzpatrick 

Pastor Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee in Ministry Leadership with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry. He is also a military veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served for four years repairing amphibious assault vehicles. He was honorably discharged in January of 1992.

He and his wife Kristie began dating in the fall of 1994 and were married on August 26th, 1995. They have twin daughters, Jordan and Joshlyn, who attend Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA.

Pastor Jonathan preached his first sermon in September of 1996 at the Green Valley CHC in Gadsden, Alabama. Two years later, he entered the nine-month Ministerial Internship Program of the CHC in the Fall of 1998, completing the course and graduating in the summer of 1999. Upon completing the MIP, Pastor Jonathan was called upon to serve as the Youth Pastor at Tredegar Chapel CHC in Jacksonville, Alabama where he served for two and a half years. He was then called upon to Pastor the Pine Grove CHC in Jacksonville where he pastored for three and a half years before moving over 160 miles to Habersham County Georgia to pastor the Bethel Temple CHC where he served for over ten years.

In October of 2015, Pastor Jonathan began his journey as the Senior Pastor of West Sunny Side in Griffin Georgia.


TREASURER:  Rev. Danny Jones   




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Rev. Jonathan Fitzpatrick , General Secretary: 
Rev. Wayne Hicks, First Asst. General Superintendent:
Bishop Charles Hanson, General Superintendent:  
Rev. Stephen Phillips Second Asst. Gen. Superintendent: 
Rev. Danny Jones, , General Treasurer.
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