Born to Elder and Mrs. George Flagg, Mother Ida “Maddie” Flagg Porter, is a powerful woman of God with a winning personality, often affectionately referred to as “Ms. Personality”. Put simply, to know her is to love her. A product of Memphis City Schools, Mother Porter is a graduate of Manassas High School, in Memphis, Tennessee and later continued her education at Shelby State Community College.
In 1954, Mother Porter was married to the late Bishop W. L. Porter, founder of Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ. Shortly thereafter, she accepted her call to the ministry, as a licensed missionary and has served in that capacity faithfully for over 40 years within the Church of God in Christ. She served as the First Lady of Greater Community Temple for 19 years. Simultaneously, she later became the First Lady of the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction in 1982. Mother Porter has served as the district missionary, and is currently the newly appointed, interim Jurisdictional Supervisor of the Tennessee Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
Bishop and Mother Porter founded Community Projects Daycare Center. Mother Porter’s love for children and the family inspired them to develop an affordable, well-rounded curriculum for the families of the community. The needs of the parents and children were enhanced because of the daycare center and summer camps. Mother Porter continues to serve as the Executive Director of Community Projects.
Above all, Ida M. Porter is a woman whom God has equipped with knowledge, wisdom, understanding and compassion to minister to the needs of today’s society. She continues to impact, inspire and motivate the lives of all who come in contact with her.
Memphis’ Bishop Brandon Porter, who sits on the Church of God in Christ’s highest executive board, didn’t plan to make an announcement when he started a Facebook Live video on New Year’s Day.
But roughly 30 minutes in to the one-hour live stream, he found himself saying something unexpected about the soon-to-be vacated position of presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ.
If reelected to the general board of the denomination, “I plan to make myself available for the office of presiding bishop,” Porter said. “If that is the will of God.”
Porter’s announcement that he is interested in the position of presiding bishop comes less than three months after the current presiding bishop, Charles Blake Sr., announced he would not seek reelection and requested emeritus status.