Charles Rodgers was born July 28, 1941 to Bishop E. W. and Ruth
Rodgers in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Douglas High School
in Memphis, Tennessee and began his college education at LeMoyne
College. It was from LeMoyne College that Bishop entered the Evangelism
An advocate of education, Bishop Rodgers believes in “studying
to show yourself approved.” He attended Arkansas Baptist College,
International College of Bible Theology (B.B.S), Dallas Theological
Seminary (CEU), Fuller Theological Seminary (CEU) and Mid-West Theological
Seminary, where he received his M.B.S and D.D.
Bishop Rodgers accepted the gift of salvation at the tender age
of four years old and began ministering as an Evangelist when he
was 14 years old. He has served in ministry faithfully for over
58 years, holding various positions and offices in the Church of
God in Christ denomination. He has served as an International Evangelist,
Youth President, and Board member for the International Board of
Trustees, District Superintendent for Covington District, and Administrative
Assistant to the Bishop for Central Tennessee and the Fifth Jurisdiction
of Tennessee. Bishop Rodgers pastored the Covington Church of God
in Christ for over 27 years, during which time he founded, New Dimensions
Ministries, Inc, in Memphis, Tennessee. He pastored New Dimensions
Ministries for over 23 years, when he retired from pastoring and
appointed his eldest son, then Pastor Adrian R. Rodgers as the senior
Bishop Rodgers is known and recognized for his personal accomplishments
and achievements. He was the first full-time African American staff
writer for Memphis Press-Scimitar and also worked for Memphis Publishing
Company as the Director of Recruiting and Job Counseling until 1974,
when he resigned to re-enter full-time ministry.
Bishop Rodgers has received honors such as the Civil and Religious
Award, Who’s Who in American Journalism and Who’s Who
in Religion. Additionally, he was bestowed the honor of having Frayser-Raleigh
Road changed to Dr. Charles Rodgers Road.
In 1996, Bishop Rodgers founded Impact Fellowship International.
He served as Presiding Prelate for 17 years, bringing pastors together
from all across the United States to strengthen and encourage them
in their callings as pastors.
In June 2013, Bishop Rodgers consecrated Pastor Adrian R. Rodgers
as the presiding Bishop of Impact Fellowship International and he
now holds the honored and prestige position of Bishop Emeritus,
Impact Fellowship International.
Bishop Rodgers has been married to Gloria Jean Dickerson-Rodgers
for over 42 years. Together they have three sons; Bishop Adrian
R. Rodgers (Susan) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Victor Byron Rodgers
(Miko) of Memphis, Tennessee, and Pastor Carlos Juan Rodgers (Wendy)
of Memphis, Tennessee and one daughter, Allison Faithe Rodgers of
New Orleans, Louisiana. Bishop and Mother Rodgers are the proud
grandparents of five grandsons and four grand-daughters.
Bishop Rodgers continues to travel the country preaching the unadulterated
word of God. He has passion for the God’s people and desires
to see them walking in holiness in every area of their lives.