Huntington, WV Black History

Samuel C. Graves Sr. Bishop


Bishop Samuel C. Graves Sr. was the pastor of Original Glorious Church of God in Christ in the Fairfield community for more than 16 years.

Born on August 13, 1922, in Summerland, Mississippi, Graves was dedicated to his faith and believed in taking care of the church and his community. He ministered and pastored churches in Ohio before coming to West Virginia to pastor the Original Glorious Church of God in Christ in 1971.

Graves displayed his leadership and passion along with his peers during the time that the Original Glorious Church of God in Christ’s services were broadcasted on WEMM-FM radio station on Sunday nights. He also often visited the sick and shut-ins, counseled many and helped the needy.

He was the Diocese’s bishop assigned to the Northeastern District, where he served on the Examination Committee and as a member of the General Board of Elders. He also was a member of the Black Pastor Ministries Association.

Graves also served his country and was a veteran of World War II in the U.S. Army in Germany. He loved to hunt and fish, hobbies that he passed on to many friends and family.

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