Charles Houston Bond was born on May 31, 1945 in Brownsville, Tennessee to Madgie (Cobb) Bond and Raymond Bond. Charles completed his early childhood and secondary education in Brownsville graduating from Harper High School in 1963. His early spiritual training begin at the Cane Creek Baptist Church where he attended church with his parents.
He came to New York in 1963 seeking a better life, following in the footsteps of his older sisters Dorothy and Lue Ree. He was heard singing and told he had a voice like Jackie Wilson, which led him to briefly pursue a musical career, penning the song “ Prove It to Me.” He obtained employment in Roosevelt New York and while there met Willie Bishop who was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. Willie invited Charles to church where he gave his life to Christ at Little Zion Church of God in Christ, in 1963 at 18 years old, under the leadership of elder Eugene Hallman. He traveled alongside then Deacon Peter Jamison and served as the pre sermonic soloist for then Elder Frank O. White as he traveled evangelizing in the early 60s. Under the leadership of Bishop Frank O. White, he was a deacon, secretary of the trustee board and lended his gift of song to the gospel chorus and Maudell Kelly young adult choir serving as Vice President.
He met the love of his life, Johnnie Fenn, while attending Little Zion Church of God in Christ and were married February 22, 1964. Because they kept Christ at the center of their marriage, God blessed them to nurture seven children, Valerie, Beverly, Phyllis, Darren, Sheila, Brittney and Tiffany.
In 1975, he, Deacon Peter Jamison and their families were led to organize Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Amityville where he served as Co-Pastor. He served faithfully as the president of YPWW, Men’s Department and taught Sunday School. He founded Bond Trucking in 1980, still in operation today.
In May of 1988, Pastor Bond stepped out onto “now faith’ and House of Prayer Church of God in Christ was born. Later that year, he was appointed the serve as President of the Jurisdictional Evangelism Department alongside Elect Lady Rubenstein McClure of the Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York under the leadership of Bishop Frank O. White.
In 1991, a major vision of Elder Bond came to fruition in the House of Hope resource center, and organization formed by House of Prayer to assist the elderly, impoverished, homeless and those suffering from mental illness. In 2001, he was given the opportunity to pastor Faith Community Church of God in Christ (formerly Faith Community Baptist) in Centereach, NY creating “one Church in two locations.” He conducted tent revivals for many summers in the Wyandanch area where many souls were added to the church and saved across the community.
For many years, he traveled to England preaching the gospel and later to Barbados for many summers with Bishop Jerome Norman and the New York First Jurisdiction of Barbados West Indies.
He was known for his anointed preaching and singing given the nickname “ the preaching machine’ he did everything with enthusiasm and the belief that God can and will do anything. He was an evangelist after God’s heart and the saving of souls for the kingdom was his main priority. His favorite one word prayer was “Jesus,” he believed in that name! his favorite verse was Matthew 6:33, “but seek he first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, seven children, fourteen grand children and five great grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, seven godchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
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