Bishop Otis Lockett, Sr.
“It was a light drizzling rain, the night of February 2, 1982”, when Elder Otis Lockett, Sr., son of Bernice Lockett and the late Lloyd Lockett, arrived in Greensboro, North Carolina. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, this man of vision left his home in Cincinnati, Ohio and set out "to a place he knew not of" (Heb.11:8) and thus began his journey of faith, obedience, and revelation.
In August of 1982, just four (4) months after marrying the love of His life, Barbara Turner Lockett, Elder Otis Lockett, Sr. was appointed Pastor of the nearly “member less", Rescue Temple III COGIC by the late Bishop Leo E. Davenport, having been recommended by the late Superintendent Ornell Smith, former Pastor of Rescue Temple I COGIC. Pastor Lockett continued walking by faith and just two years later, in 1984, Pastor Lockett began construction on a new facility for worship at 719 Dillard Street where the church's name was changed from Rescue Temple III to Evangel Fellowship. In 1988, Evangel moved to 507 Balboa Street to accommodate its growing congregation. A Cafeteria/Fellowship Hall was added in 1989. The Family Enrichment Center (FEC) was completed in 1993. In 1999, Evangel Christian Center (Church Street) was built. The new facility was equipped with a daycare, cafeteria, classrooms and a fitness center located on the North side of Greensboro. After continued growth, this facility was sold in 2002, as plans began for the construction of a worship center large enough to hold both congregations. This new campus of fifty (50) acres located 2207 Cone Blvd., Greensboro, NC which includes the Power Center, a thirty -eight thousand (38,000) sq. ft. structure; and the Power Play Center, a thirty-four thousand(34,000) sq. ft. structure that houses a theater, bowling alley, arcades, café, basketball court, and banquet space.
Seeing the need to fulfill the vision of a place of worship with emphasis on prayer and fasting, Pastor Lockett began and finished the construction of TRIAD CHRISTIAN CENTER, home to the International Prayer and Fasting Center located in High Point, North Carolina. The International Prayer and Fasting Center is the first 24-hour prayer and fasting center on the East Coast. In addition to featuring a 28-bed facility, full service cafeteria, meeting rooms and optimal space to hold conferences and fellowships. Pastor Lockett believed that the Center would be an international attraction, drawing believers from across the world to seek God's face.
Pastor Otis Lockett,Sr. shared the gospel with a practical presentation and communicated with unmistakable clarity as he motivated and challenged people from every walk of life to strive for excellence in every area of their lives. Through hard work and dedication to pursuing excellence in education, Pastor Otis Lockett, received two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from University Of Cincinnati, as well as an Honorary Doctorate Degree from St. Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, Florida.
In addition to developing churches, Pastor Otis and First Lady Barbara Lockett founded other vital ministries which include: Positive Direction for Youth & Families, an outreach ministry designed to address the needs of at-risk youth and families; The Malachi House, a residential program geared toward helping men with alcohol and drug addictions; E.J.’s Job Placement Services; and Kingdom Builders General Contracting Company, designed to build low income housing for needy families and churches to accommodate the religious needs of our growing communities. Additionally, Pastor Otis Lockett provided Apostolic covering to the Greater Piedmont District churches, which included over twenty-three (23) covenant churches.
In the Church of God in Christ, Internationally, and beyond, Bishop Otis Lockett was recognized for his God-given ability to motivate and inspire pastors and leaders to maximize their potential in growing members of their churches, thus, growing their churches. Because of this Bishop Lockett was appointed Church Growth Director for the international COGIC. Additionally, he was a frequent speaker during National Holy Convocation, and he was guest speaker at many jurisdictional convocations. In November, 2011, he was consecrated as Bishop in the Church of God in Christ. In March of 2012, he was appointed Jurisdictional Prelate of North Carolina 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
On October 12, 2012, Bishop Otis Lockett entered into eternal rest; however, his legacy continues through his wife, Barbara; and his three adult children: Dr. Faith Lockett Gardner, Superintendent Otis Lockett, Jr, and Pastor Joshua S. Lockett, and through everyone he touched.