Nelson Youngblood, Jr
Nelson Youngblood, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 30, 1953 and accepted Christ as Savior early in life. He began serving as a Sunday School teacher, an usher and an armor bearer at eight years of age at the Mt. Moriah MBC. Upon graduation from Ben Franklin High School, he enlisted in the Navy in 1971. At his first duty station, Lemoore, CA, he met the former Sharon Price and they married in August 1973. After transferring to San Diego, Deacon Youngblood accepted his call into the Gospel ministry, and was licensed to preach in June of 1976 by the Reverend Dr. George D. McKinney at the St. Stephens COGIC.
At St. Stephens, Minister Youngblood continued to serve in several capacities including Associate minister, Sunday school teacher, Outreach Team member, Evangelist, Pastors’ driver, and finally Episcopal Adjutant. Minister Youngblood was ordained an Elder in June 1979 by Bishop J. A. Blake, Sr, general board member. Elder Youngblood has served as both State Youth Department president and State Sunday School Superintendent for the Central TN Jurisdiction from 1993 to 2009. He also served as the Assistant Pastor of the Calvary International COGIC, and associate Elder of the Greater Friendly COGIC, both here in Okinawa, and serves as Jurisdictional Secretary and Chief Adjutant of the Japan Jurisdiction COGIC under Bishop Carl D. Hodges. The Youngblood’s have each been certified members of the International Adjutants Corp of the Church of God In Christ for over ten years.
In June 1980, military duty required Elder Youngblood to transfer to sea duty on the U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61), where he served as coordinator of the Pentecostal worship service. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (E-7) after only 10 years of service, and then commissioned as a Naval Officer (CWO2) in 1986, after only 15 years of distinguished service. In June 1991, Elder Youngblood retired honorably from the United States Navy with over 22 years of active service. He is currently employed by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) as a Computer Science teacher at the Kadena Air Base high school. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics, a Bachelors of Business Administration (Management Information Systems), and a Master at Arts in teaching (Secondary Education – Business) degrees. He currently is the CISCO Networking Academy, Computer Animation, Gaming Technology, and Robotics Engineering instructor for the school, as well as the Careers & Technical Education (CTE) Department Head, and a faculty union representative (FR). He is all-but-dissertation (ABD) on a doctorate in Instruction & Curriculum Development from the University of Memphis, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Christian Ministry from Grand Canyon University.
Elder Youngblood and his wife, Sharon, have five sons: Nelson-III, David, Steven, Christopher, and Dennis. They also have eight grandchildren: Antoinette, Keiondria, Jasmine, Kolby, Nelson-IV, Kaylen, Christian, and Christopher-Jr.
Sharon Denise Price was born on the 23rd of November in Salinas, California to the late Ralph Adam and Kathleen Price. She was educated in the public school system and graduated from La Mesa High school.
She has earned a certificate in Childcare Provision from San Diego Community College. She has worked professionally in Childcare for over thirty years with numerous military Childcare facilities, and both Children’s World® and KinderCare® Childcare centers in several states including California, Oregon, and Tennessee.
While living in Lemoore, California with her father, she met and married Nelson Youngblood, Jr. To this union, God blessed with sons: Nelson [Clarissa], David [Kendra], Steven, Christopher [Jesika], and Dennis; eight grand-children: Antoinette, Keiondria, Jasmine, Kolby, Nelson IV, Kaylen, Christian, and Christopher Jr.
She was converted at the tender age of eight and served as a Sunshine Band worker in Gospel Center COGIC where her uncle, the late Elder William Smith was pastor. During this season in her life, our sainted founder – the Bishop Charles Harrison Mason laid his hands on her and prayed over her life. She was reclaimed, sanctified, and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost on Musical Night at the 1975 Holy Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ in Memphis, TN and has not looked back since.
She was trained in the Church Of God In Christ as a Child Evangelist by many, many seasoned mothers including Mother Paige of southern CA. She served as YWCC Teacher and Sunshine Band President for the New Hope COGIC, Fresno, CA. As a member of the St. Stephens COGIC, San Diego, CA under the leadership of Dr. George D. McKinney, Jr., she served as a local Children’s Church Teacher, and the local, district, and regional Big Sister Sunshine coordinating the Sunshine bands of seven districts spread across over a one-hundred-mile territory in southern California.
After arrival in Tennessee in June 1990, she was appointed President of the local Elders and Ministers wives Circle at Spiller Hill COGIC. She also served as First Lady of St. John COGIC, Milan, TN, and First Lady of the State YPWW and Sunday school departments for Central TN Jurisdiction for eleven years. Her last job before transferring to Japan was as Lead Adjutant Sister for the Central TN Jurisdictional Adjutant Corp and personal Aide to the State Supervisor Mother Betty Sue Vaughn. At Greater Friendly COGIC in Japan she served as Coordinator of Home Visitation – responsible for contact of members on behalf of the Pastor – the Bishop Carl D. Hodges. She has served as Special Assistant to the First Lady at Calvary International COGIC, Okinawa, Japan, as well as Interim Church Secretary, and Assistant Children’s Church Coordinator, a Child Evangelist, and is a certified Jurisdictional and National Adjutant Sister.