The Adjutancy was established by The Bishop J. Delano Ellis, II, Senior Bishop and Establishmentarian of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ while serving in The Church of God in Christ in 1970. Bishop Ellis saw the need to create a corp of men (later, women) to serve those significant areas, which would provide an “assist” to the Supreme Leaders of the Church.
Within the Adjutancy, was the need to exercise the greatest tact, piety, dignity, timeliness, confidentiality and non-familiarity. This role also required that of maintaining the best social relationships with peers and superiors.
The primary role of the Adjutancy is to “sanctify the leaders in the eyes of the people”, create a positive atmosphere for the leader and the people, and to oversee the vestments of all Priests and Levites. The adjutancy is comprised of two main facets.
The adjutancy (or armor bear in some communions) is a Bible ordained position. Among those persons serving as adjutants or armor bearers in the Scriptures were David for Saul and Elisha for Elijah. An adjutant is responsible for his or her leader at all times. The position of adjutant should not be viewed as one of popularity, but one of self-denial, submission and sacrifice. Just like God calls, commissions and celebrates His leaders, God also selects special men and women to serve His leaders.
This department aids in helping the vision of the leader come to pass by directly assisting the leaders, in return allowing them to clearly focus on their vision. The Adjutancy is a commitment to God and leadership. Being an Adjutant is not about being glamorous. Instead it’s about sacrifice. As an Adjutant you serve and give, not because you are looking for something in return, but because you love your leaders.
A Male’s Role in the Adjutancy
Within the Male Adjutancy, there are four divisions.
The Verger, is responsible for the processional cross and the torches (when needed), and for the transportation of the Shepard staff.
The Adjutant Chamberlain is responsible for the care and selection of the Episcopal Vestments, maintaining the Episcopal Chamber and for the color coordination with the Ecclesiastical year.
The Adjutant, is responsible for the escort and assist of the Bishops, Overseers and/or the executive guests.
A Female’s Role in the Adjutancy
The primary role of the Female Adjutancy is “to sanctify the leaders in the eyes of the people”, and create a positive atmosphere for the leader and the people. The role of the female adjutant mirrors and is similar to that of her male counter part; however, with only one variance. The subject of the male adjutant is male leaders and the subject of female adjutant is female leaders including the Executive Women of the Church. Female adjutants are servants to all “First” Ladies, caring for the female clergy by making sure they are properly vested and comfortable, and providing care to other senior mothers in the church. In some cases, the female adjutants assist in the sacrament along with the Deaconess Board.