At one time ankle length dresses and pill box hats was standard for women in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Even jewelry and make up we’re kept to a minimum.

But times have changed.

Sporting shoulder-length hair and red specs, Evangelist Joyce Rodgers told the saints to turn to an Old Testament passage during the church’s midday service in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon and lit the place on fire.

More than 30,000 people are delegates to the Church of God in Christ Auxilary in Ministries convention which brings together the major departments of a church that has more than 10 million members.

Rodgers, in addition to being a nationally known evangelist, is chair of the youth department for the church, where, Rodgers said, women have come a long way.

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