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  • Honoring Bishop James Neaul Haynes

    by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

    Posted on 2013-02-05

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    JOHNSON of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of Bishop James Neaul Haynes. Bishop Haynes is a valued leader and member of the Dallas community, who has dedicated his life to service, with a ministry spanning more than sixty years.



    Bishop Haynes was born in Denton, Texas, and graduated as valedictorian from Fred Moore High School. He continued his education at the University of Denver in Colorado and North Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Texas College in 1986.

    Bishop Haynes began his ministry at the Open Door Church of God in Christ in Pampa, Texas in 1952. He later served congregations in Dennison, Texas and Wichita Falls, Texas. Since 1979, Bishop Haynes has served at Saintsville Sanctuary Church of God in Christ in Dallas, Texas.

    Bishop Haynes was appointed Prelate of Texas Northeast Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in 1978, after serving the Jurisdiction in multiple different capacities. He also served the Church of God in Christ on the national level in several roles, including as a member of the National Trustee Board, the Assistant General Secretary, the Secretary of the General Board, and the First Assistant Presiding Bishop. Bishop Haynes is now a lifetime member of the General Board with emeritus status.

    In 1997, Bishop Neaul Haynes was chosen by over 200 pastors to serve as the Bishop of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. As part of his responsibilities, he presided over more than 400 pastors and 45 districts. Holding this title allowed him to travel the world and appoint other Bishops both locally and internationally. It is very fitting to honor Bishop Haynes among his peers at the 2013 Annual Prayer Breakfast. For more than 6 decades, he has tirelessly served the north Texas community, as well as the Nation as a long-serving member on the General Board of the Church of God In Christ.

    [[Page E99]] Mr. Speaker, Bishop Haynes is a pillar of the Dallas community, and his life's work has been devoted to improving the lives of others. Bishop Haynes is joined in his service by his wife, Ms. Vivian King Haynes. The couple has two daughters, Pia and Vrai, and two sons-in- law, Supt. Reginald Williams and Mr. William C. Morris. Bishop Haynes is the proud grandfather of 4 children: Darius Craig Morris, J. Neaul Williams, Chandler Ellington Williams and D'Aria Jesslyn Morris.

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