http://www.cotlgnet.org/ The Church was founded in 1903 by Saint Mary Magdalena L. Tate, establishing unique place in American church history. Saint Mary Magdalena, an Apostle Elder of Jesus Christ by the will of God, was a light to the nations. The First Overseer and true Mother in True Holiness, she was affectionately known as "Mother Tate". With her sons Waiter Curtis Lewis and Felix Early Lewis as assistants, Mother Tate established the Church in Illinois, Alabama, and Georgia during its first decade. The Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of The Truth was incorporated in 1908, and the first General Assembly was held June 25 - July 5 of that year in Greenville, Alabama. Ministers were ordained and Pastors were appointed at that meeting. The first Presiding Elders were appointed at the 1911 Georgia State Assembly in Waycross, where financial support for Pastors also was implemented. In 1914 the first Decree Book was introduced and four State Bishops were appointed at Quitman, Georgia. Rapid growth through powerful revivals and State and General Assembles soon gave the Church tremendous strength, and the Church spread throughout twenty (20) states (including the District of Columbia) by 1916. The Church Headquarters were established in Nashville. Tennessee, in 1924.