The Purity Class History

In 1926 the late Mother (Einora) C.J. Johnson of Michigan had a vision to create, an organization designed for the purpose of preserving in Christian youth, a high moral standard of living. The moral decay of the 1920’s was destroying the basic principles of Christian living the church had been upholding. This predicament necessitated the Purity Class.

In 1950 Sister Barbara Whitehead, of Detroit, Michigan, was appointed by the late Mother L. B. Coffey to serve with Sister Ada Patrick as Co-National Lady of the Purity Class of the Church of God In Christ. Consequently, the aim of the Purity Class has been to help keep in focus the true values of good morals, high standards of living, Christian virtue, and to discourage all forms of vile behavior that violates true Christian virtue. This is to be done by organizing a fellowship of Puritans who have not yet been led astray by the immorality of their society. The Purity Class is unique and unlike any other organization of its kind in that, it not only teaches youth how to be pure, chaste, and holy in the home, school, neighborhood and church; but it offers a full activity and involvement program that discourages the need in Christian youth for the companionship of the world.

The Purity Class is a very sensitive auxiliary, for it caters to the age levels that are trying to find themselves, to know who they really are and what they want to do in life. They are yet unsure of where and how far up the ladder of success they should aim. Finding one’s self is not an easy job unless there is someone there to guide them. Now, this is where the Purity Lady’s work begins. She must make herself available to the members through forums, rap sessions, etc.

The Purity Class is not an auxiliary outside of the church. There is no set of rules for the church body and another set of rules for the Puritans. We have been given the privilege to reach out and get that select group of Mr. and Miss Purity and Purity Class Blazers (which is the Junior and Senior Purity Class); to help mold their Christian character. Therefore, the Purity Lady must, by precept and example, be able to insist on a high standard of living and good morals. She must, with all diligence, try to save her Puritans from the evils of this society such as homosexuality, drugs and immorality.

Our Theme Scriptures

Psalm 119:9

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word”.

I Timothy 4:12

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”.

Our Mission

To implement a program, which will encourage teens to view the positive aspects of today’s society, and through God’s direction identify their function by way of participation. We will achieve this goal through worship services, rap sessions, workshops, guest speakers and field trips

The Purity Class Colors

Parrot blue and White

The Purity Creed

Let, therefore, Purity Reign
In the heart of every boy and girl
or Mister and Miss Purity
Let Purity Rule
Let purity Govern
Let it be your inner-most being
Purity – Purity –Purity

The Purity Theme Song

P is for Purity

U is for unity

R is for righteousness

I for intelligence

T is for truthfulness

Y is for youthfulness

So join the Purity Class today of the Church of God in Christ!

C is for Christianity

L is for loveliness

A for Associate

S for sobriety

S for salvation

For all of our youth

So join the Purity Class today of the Church of God in Christ!

So Join the Purity Class


Our Leaders

Local Purity Lady – Sister Barbara McCloud

Local Assistant Purity  – Sister Natasha Pope

Jurisdictional Purity Lady – Missionary Carmen Lynum

International Purity Lady – Mother Thelma Cotten

Local Workers

Deacon Antonio Fowler

Sister Monique Fowler

Brother Aarick McCloud

Sister Barbara McCloud

Deacon Alondre Barry

Sister Candace McCoy