Our Founder

The Late Bishop Malon Pollock

December 22, 1933 – October 27, 2000

Bishop Malon Pollock was born in Richland County on December 22, 1933. He was the eighth of ten children born to the late Henry and Mary Pollock. He attended the Elementary Schools of Richland County during his adolescent years. Though he did not receive his High School Diploma in his youth, it was one of his dreams. God blessed Bishop Pollock to return to school and in May of 1984, this dream was realized.

On April 10, 1952 Bishop Pollock was united in holy matrimony to Alice E. Smith. To this union was born eight children, twenty-three grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and counting.

After marrying Alice Pollock, Bishop enlisted in the United States Army. Bishop Pollock was Honorably Discharged in 1955 after serving two years in the Army and went on to trade school at   Booker T. Washington, earning a certificate in Brick Masonry and Carpentry.

Bishop Pollock was baptized in 1950 at the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and received the Holy Ghost the following year. He worked diligently at the Progressive Church holding many positions and helping to start other works, both physically (in the construction), and spiritually (in leadership, and whatever else his hands found to do.)

In the year 1963, Bishop Pollock, being led of God, started an independent work known as The Emmanuel Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. Under his leadership works were started in Columbia, Eastover, West Columbia, Swansea, and Smoaks, South Carolina.

Though not as strong physically as he was in the beginning of his ministry, his desire for seeing God’s work flourish never diminished. About 15 years ago Bishop began to speak of the vision of a new edifice. Through many trials and test, on Saturday June 24, 2000 at 2:00 pm God brought that vision to pass. On that blessed day Bishop Pollock was able to attend and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

We can all ask ourselves what kind of man was this? Although Bishop Pollock’s health failed, his faith and trust in God never failed. In the final hours of his earthly life he had the people of God in his heart and in his mind. As our present Pastor, Bishop Rickie Jackson, whispered into his ear “the church is going to be   alright,” on Friday morning, October 27, 2000, our founder departed this earthly life and entered eternal rest. His hands can no longer clap, his voice is silent now, but the many sermons preached will live on forever within us, and thanks be to God the HAMMER is still ringing!!!