Evangelist Hazel Catherine Purdom, Pastor
Pastor Catherine Purdom believes that her steps were ordered by our Lord to teach His word. The eldest girl of twelve children in a family of sharecroppers, Pastor Purdom was blessed to attend college on a full academic scholarship at the age of 16. She entered into Winston Salem State Teachers college, a historically black university, under the separate but equal era of our nation. In her third year she was introduced to the field of nursing. Pastor Purdom graduated her class with honors, equipped for a career as a Registered Nurse as well as teacher. From North Carolina she relocated to Southern California and worked in a myriad of hospital and health care settings. And she received her Master’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles. Pastor Purdom was then given the opportunity to utilize her teaching ability as a nursing instructor and Dean of Allied Health Care at College of the Canyons, Valencia California.
Evangelist Catherine Purdom was the wife of the founding pastor, Pastor James R. Purdom Jr., of Rock of the Valley Church of God in Christ, whom she met and married in a Methodist Church. For many years and before the thought entered to found Rock of the Valley COGIC, Evangelist and Elder Purdom hosted a weekly bible study in their home, which Evangelist Purdom lead. There was a consistent assemblage of believers that increased greatly in number. However, a greater call in the spirit was beckoning to the fullness of God’s power. After transferring their membership to Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ, Bishop Benjamin Crouch recognized the gift of teaching within Pastor Purdom almost immediately. Her gifts and talents were utilized for several years as the New Members/Converts class teacher as well as the mid-week bible study teacher. Shortly thereafter Bishop Crouch ordained her as an evangelist in the Church of God in Christ.
Evangelist H Catherine Purdom has served as a delegate for the 4th Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of So. California for more than a decade, where she has gained a wealth of knowledge and an absolute love for the Church of God in Christ. Soon after the home-going of her husband in 2010 Evangelist Catherine Purdom was ordained as Pastor of Rock of the Valley Church of God in Christ. Pastor H. Catherine Purdom is the mother of three children and the proud grandmother of two.