Bishop Ravenel’s Biography

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Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel, Sr.  accepted the Lord in January 1962 and his call to the ministry in March of that same year.


Bishop Ravenel is the Pastor of three churches.  He was appointed Pastor of Prince of Peace COGIC in Altoona, PA in November 1964, Tabernacle COGIC in Mount Union, PA in September 1969.  That same year, he was appointed District Superintendent of the Altoona District.  In 1977, he was appointed as Pastor at the Lingo Memorial COGIC in Harrisburg, PA.


In addition to his Pastoral responsibilities, Bishop Ravenel serves in many capacities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction.  He is the Chairman of the Arrangements Committee, Principle consultant to the May Festival Committee, and a member of the Jurisdictional Financial Board.  In the past he has served as Expeditor for the State Music Department, Chairman of the Board of Superintendents and Chairman of the Boards of Elders.  He also served as the First Administrative Assistant to Bishop O.T. Jones, Jr.   In July 2001, he was elevated to the office of Jurisdictional Bishop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 


In the national church Bishop Ravenel serves as a member of the Board of Bishops; the Jurisdictional Bishop for approximately 80 churches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction; a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly;  and the Regional Bishop, of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. for PA, DE, MD, DC, and VA. 


Bishop Ravenel served as Vice President of the Central Region One Church One Child Adoption program and President of the Holy Organization of Pentecostal Endeavor (HOPE).  He is a member and the past treasurer of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference of the Greater Harrisburg area.  He also served as a Commissioner of the Harrisburg Housing Authority. 


In recognition of his service to both the church and the community, Bishop Ravenel has received many awards and citations.  Among the many honors and awards that he has received is an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity from Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction of the COGIC bestowed upon him its Distinguished Award.  The City of Harrisburg City Council has commended him for his dedicated service to its citizens.  The Society of Volunteer Women Ministries named him a “Great Man of Distinction”.  He’s listed in the Who’s Who of Executive and Businesses as an Honored Professional.  In 2005, Bishop and Mrs. Ravenel were nominated as “Parents of the Year” in the Harrisburg area.  His ministry, leadership and community service have been beneficial to his congregations and the community at large. 


He has been married sixty one years to Mother Matilda O. Ravenel.  They are the proud parents of eight, grandparents of twenty-three and great-grandparents of sixteen.