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Dr. Charles G. Hayes

Dr. Charles G. Hayes

 

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