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  New Progressive Cathedral Church of God in Christ

410 Chili Avenue

Rochester, New York 14611

 (585) 454-4175 (Office)                                                    (585) 454-7192 (Fax)



Bishop James R. Wright Sr., Ph.D.


Pastor and Founder



Board of Trustees

Ernestine Hymes-Swan

Minister Billy Hill

Elder Anthony Fisher                                                       

Mrs. Sandra White



January 1, 2024


My Beloved New Progressive Cathedral (NPC) Family,


I write to you today to personally inform you concerning my current situation. Without warning I was stricken with a health condition on Tuesday, December 19th. By God’s divine intervention and with the assistance of my family, I was able to expeditiously receive appropriate medical treatment within a timeframe wherein the best possible results occurred. Today I am profoundly grateful to be able to honestly report to you that no permanent physical or mental impairments resulted from the incident. For this and so much more, I will forever give God praise.


My doctors have advised, and I have agreed, that it is wise for me to now begin my annual sabbatical, which routinely begins in late January or early February and concludes in early March.


I want to assure you that my involvement with the spiritual and administrative affairs of NPC remains strong and intact. While I am away, I am carefully and prayerfully choosing Gospel preachers and evangelists to minister to you each Sunday. Your spiritual growth, development and care remains at the forefront of my mind and at the center of my heart.


Thank each of you in advance for your prayers, understanding and patience during the period I will be away. Special thanks to our entire ministerial staff, deacons, and our trustees for all you have done and continue to do. God willing, I look forward to seeing everyone in person very soon.


Yours in Christ,


James R. Wright                                                                                                     


Bishop James R. Wright, Sr., PhD


The following protocol is RECOMMENDED to attend service in the sanctuary:​

  • Masks are worn, at your discretion, covering the nose and mouth.​ 


For on-line giving download the following apps:

  • Cash App ($npccogic)

  • Givelify


Tithes & Offerings may also be mailed to the NPC Church Office @ 410 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611



    • Sunday School is held on Sundays at 9:00am - 10:00 a.m.  in the sanctuary.

    • Sunday Morning Worship Service - 10:15 a.m. (onsite and live streamed online)

    • ​Join us on Wednesdays, via Zoom for Corporate Prayer beginning at 7:00pm with Bible Study immediately following. Download the Zoom app ( and use the access codes: Meeting ID: 874 0167 9899 and Passcode: 953354

  • You can phone into the zoom meeting by dialing (1-646-558-8656).

How to Opt-In to NPC Text Messaging (Blast)

1. Open your "Messaging" Icon
2. Open a "New Message"
3. In the "TO" line, type: 1-844-916-0973
4. In the message/text box, type: New_Progressive
5. Send the message

6. You will receive a "Thank You" message

7. You are now included in New Progressive Cathedral "NPC" text messaging

Note: You are only able to receive text message



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