Bishop Joe L. Ealy is known as a man of humility, character, and integrity. He is an accomplished Pastor and is recognized for his ability to share God’s word with power and clarity. Early in life, he began his journey for Christ and responded to the call to preach the gospel at the age of nine in Riverside, California. At the age of sixteen, he received his ministerial license and was ordained an Elder by Jurisdictional Bishop Samuel M. Crouch at the age of twenty-one.
In 1965, Bishop Ealy began his pastorate at the Gospel Memorial Church of God in Christ in Long Beach, California, where he is known as a shepherd “with a heart of love for all people.” Under his visionary leadership, an ultra modern sanctuary was built. Because of its various outreach programs, this church has a positive impact on the community; and is recognized as a beacon light and hope in the city of Long Beach. Bishop Ealy is a strong spiritual leader to his congregation and a very active member in the Long Beach/Los Angeles communities.
Bishop Ealy has served the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California Church of God in Christ in numerous leadership capacities, including District Superintendent, Regional Superintendent, and an Administrative Assistant to Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
On September 12, 2009, he was chosen, for such a time as this, as the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Jurisdiction. On November 10, 2009, Bishop Ealy was consecrated to the bishopric during the 102nd Annual Holy Convocation in Memphis Tennessee. Today, the First Jurisdiction remains strong under his leadership; new churches have been added, and the legacy of excellence set by his predecessors continues. Under his administration, several programs have been implemented to enhance the spiritual growth of the constituents. The First Jurisdiction consists of more than 200 churches; and owns and maintains the Bonnie Brae House where the Azusa Revival began. Christians travel from out of state and foreign countries to visit this house where they experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
He has received numerous awards and commendations from city, county, and other entities for his commitment to serving the community through ministry in the Long Beach/Los Angeles areas. Bishop Ealy was honored by the National Congress of Racial Equality as one of “The Top Ten Greatest Pastors” in the Los Angeles area.
Bishop Ealy matriculated at Long Beach City College, Reid Bible College, Grace Bible College, and Fullerton Pacific Christian University. In 2010, an Honorary Doctorate of Theology degree was conferred upon him by the Long Beach Bible College.
He was happily married to the beautiful Mrs. Betty Louise Ealy for forty-four years. She was a vital part of his life and ministry until she transitioned to be with the Lord in 2005. They were blessed with three children: Cynthia Lorraine, Kesha Lynette, and Errick Lamont (transitioned).
Bishop Ealy is passionate about the Word of God with a deep hunger for winning souls for Christ. His inspiring messages touch the lives of those seeking God’s restoration and healing. He is a man of love and kindness and makes an indelible impression upon all those who meet him. It is impossible to know him and not be touched by his humility, warmth, faith, and dedication to the work of the Lord. He truly demonstrates a genuine love for God, his family, his church and the Master’s people.
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