Bishop T.A. Body
Lifeline From The Master
Bishop Thomas Alvin Body, the third of four children, born to John and Rena Body was a blessed recipient of Holy Instruction at the feet of his mother, who was a faithful member of the Church of God in Christ until her demise. The difficult conditions of life forced upon African Americans prompted his parents to encourage young Thomas to pursue a sound academic foundation. Their efforts were rewarded by his completion of high school at the young age of fifteen. Further academic pursuits followed at Bishop College, East Dallas College, Dallas Christian College and John F. Kennedy University where he received his Master’s Degree in Psychology. He then graduated magna cum laude with a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Straford University.
Wheatley Church of God in Christ became home for Bishop Body under the leadership of the late, Elder Wilson Tolbert. He was licensed and ordained by the late Bishop F. L. Haynes, Prelate of Texas Northeast Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Body has been involved with the Church of God in Christ in many different facets and on many different levels. He served faithfully at St. James C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of the late Bishop William James. It was through his faithfulness to his pastor that Bishop James appointed him as the First Administrative Assistant of the International Youth Congress. As his conviction to reach lost souls became more widely known he was appointed by the International Church of God in Christ’s Board of Evangelism as its National Coordinator. Bishop Body has appeared on several syndicated television and radio broadcast programs; with his focus constantly being on reaching the lost and exhorting the brethren to be confident in the Word of God. Bishop Body and his family were featured in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family magazine. Bishop Body has been editor-in-chief of several newspapers, a radio announcer at KNOK 970 A.M.; the number one station in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is a trained psychologist, marital counselor, theologian and teacher extraordinaire. Bishop Body is known as the “preacher’s preacher.” He continues to electrify vast audiences with messages like; “God is Smart,” “Potiphar’s House,” “Strange Way We’ve Come, but it was God Who Brought Us” and “I think It’s Time for God to Write Again.”
In 1983, at the request of the late Bishop John Dale Husband, the Prelate of Central Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ; Bishop Body came to pastor the One Accord Community Church of God in Christ in Atlanta, Georgia. The services were held in the Ida Prather YWCA; where it quickly grew from eight members to one hundred-fifty in six months. When the membership outgrew the YWCA, the Lord opened a door at the Days Inn motel, where the church experienced continuous growth and had to relocate to its present edifice, where the membership is over 700 persons.
Bishop Body served as the Presiding Prelate of the Georgia General Fellowship; which is comprised of Pastors and churches from across the state of Georgia and continues to grow. Bishop was dedicated to expanding the Kingdom of God and Maintaining the Integrity of the Gospel. Bishop Body leaves to cherish his memory Pastor Darlene Annette Foster Body, seven-living children, 25 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and The One Accord Church Family.