Bishop Elijah Hankerson III

Bishop Elijah Hankerson III, pastor of Life Center International Church of God in Christ and president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition President, addressing the coalition last May.

St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition President Bishop Elijzah Hankerson III will lead a discussion on creating strong community leaders at a free public presentation on Tuesday, February 19 at Eden Theological Seminary.

Bishop Hankerson will discuss what it takes to grow as a leader of impact, how lay and clergy leaders alike can bring their talents to bear on the problems facing the St. Louis region, and what it takes to build broad-based collaborative efforts.

He works locally nationally and internationally to grow and strengthen the impact of churches on their communities. As local pastor of Life Center International Church of God in Christ, Bishop Hankerson’s agenda focuses on crime reduction, education, economic development and social justice. He also serves as the youngest jurisdictional bishop in the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC), overseeing 65 churches in Missouri and the Midwest.

As president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition, Bishop Hankerson has organized clergy to work with civic leaders and activists gathered to address the growing crime epidemic and to encourage the St. Louis community to help in the reduction of crime by holding their fellow citizens accountable.

“What is it that has caused our society to deteriorate to the point that nothing is sacred and that people are fearful even to speak up? The answer is a loss of a sense of community, but as clergy, we do believe that we are our brother’s keeper,” Bishop Hankerson challenged the community last year.

“Faith in God is the proven moral compass of our society. It is at the church that you learn thou shall not steal, thou shall not kill, do onto others as you would have them do unto you, it is even at the church that you learn love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

His Eden Theological Seminary presentation is part of the Langenberg Leadership Forum, a program for business and organizational leaders offered through The Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary.

Working at the intersection of faith and business, the Walker Leadership Institute equips business leaders with skills and experiences to guide their organizations in better serving the common good. The institute partners with other academic, religious, and business groups to put together workshops, conferences and forums to identify, encourage, and activate community leadership. Eden Seminary has been at the forefront of educating students to become leaders in faith since its founding in 1850.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 19 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Schroer Commons on the campus of Eden Theological Seminary, 475 East Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves. This free event includes a light breakfast at no cost.

Advance registration is required and can be made at For more information on this event, call 314-918-2547 or send an email to

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