Today and Everyday is a Gift from God.
Live it to the fullest. Tomorrow may never come...
Pastor Charles George Hayes, the third child and second son of
Mamie Lee and Will Hayes, was born December 10, 1937, in
Verbena, Alabama. He received his primary education at
Siluria Jr. High School (Alabama) and his secondary education
at Prentice High School (Montevallo, Alabama). He migrated
to Chicago, Illinois in 1955 and became a Church Musician.
Pastor Hayes was ordained in the Ministry on August 31, 1957.
He organized Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer on April 28, 1959.
Pastor Hayes was under the leadership of many great pioneers
such as Prophet L. K. Johnson, Pastor Clarence Cobbs, Bishop
Louis Boddie, Bishop Anderson, Pastor Franklin, and others.
Father of two, and grandfather, Pastor Hayes became affectionately known as "Father Hayes" because of his paternal qualities, his compassion, his concern for, and interest in people.
Dr. Hayes received his Doctorate Degree from Religious Science Institute in December 1973 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from St. Martins College and Seminary, September, 1974.
Dr. Hayes was currently one of the longest serving Pastor of one church in Chicago for going on 55 years come April 2014. Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer has been listed as a landmark church in the Chicago Area.
Dr. Hayes was very passionate with is ministry, not compromising with the devil and is known for speaking the truth - declaring the word of God. He was very involved with every aspect of the church for he put his all into this ministry. He was rooted and grounded in "traditional" gospel and you could catch him singing, preaching, teaching and praying on any given Sunday , adding his humorous touch but still telling it like it is.
Dr. Hayes was known for 'Making A Joyful Noise", leading such hits as He's Keeping Me, I'll Never Forget, I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me, Before I Take It Back, Everything's Alright, How I Got Over, My Lord and Master, and many, many more.
Change Your Attitude and Your Thinking,
And You'll Change Your Whole Life...
Honors and Awards
Key to City of Newark, New JerseyJuly, 1974 Meritorious Service Ecumenical Rapport, Chicago, IllinoisSeptember, 1974
Commendation and Proclamation, "Dr. Charles G. Hayes
Day" - Board of Commissioners, Fulton County, GeorgiaJune, 1981 Honorary Citizen, Atlanta, GeorgiaJune, 1981 Mayor's Award for Dedicated Service, Atlanta, GeorgiaJune, 1981 Key to City of Houston, TexasNovember, 1982 Outstanding Minister Award, Chicago, IllinoisApril, 1983 Key to City of Dallas, TexasJuly, 1983 Recognition for 25 Years of Service as Pastor, Chicago, IllinoisApril, 1984 Recognition for Devoted Service, Chicago, IllinoisMarch, 1985 Recognition for Workmanship of Team Efforts, Chicago, IllinoisAugust, 1985 First Recipient of Minister's Achievement Award, Chicago, ILNovember, 1985 Gospel Music Workshop Award of ExcellenceNovember, 1985 Gospel Music Workshop Outstanding Contemporary ChoirNovember, 1985 Certificate of Appreciation, Chicago, IllinoisNovember, 1986 Recognition for Inspiration, Chicago. IllinoisJune, 1987 Proclamation, "Dr. Charles G. Hayes Day", Louisville, KentuckyAugust, 1987 Annual Minister's Conference, Phoenix, ArizonaFebruary, 1988 Key to City of Little Rock, ArkansasApril, 1988 Mayor's Congratulations for 32 Years Service in the Ministry, ChicagoAugust, 1989 Recognition for 32 Years Service in the Ministry, Chicago, ILAugust, 1989 Outstanding Leadership, Chicago, IllinoisAugust, 1989 Recognition for Original Pre-Memorial Day Midnight Musical, ChicagoMay, 1990 Key to City of Little Rock, ArkansasJune, 1990 Recognition for Service for 32 Years as PastorApril, 1991 Numerous other Honors and AwardsVarious Dates