Charles L. McCollough Collection, 1967-1999
Collection No. 15 (2.5 Linear Ft.)
D.C. Community Archives
ProvenanceThe collection was donated to the D.C. Community Archives by Charles L. McCollough’s widow, Marjorie C. McCollough in 1997.
BiographyCharles Leon McCollough was born in Washington, D.C. on March 12, 1941 to Bishop Walter McCollough and Clara B. McCollough. He graduated from Cardozo High School, where he lettered in track.
He then joined his father as a minister at his father’s church, the United House of Prayer for All People. His father, “Sweet Daddy” McCollough, was the leader of a congregation that included millions of members around the country. Ordained in 1967, Charles was a pastor at the United House of Prayer from 1975 to 1992.
In 1991, Walter “Sweet Daddy” McCollough died. It was assumed that Charles would take over as Bishop of the House of Prayer. However, he lost the election for Bishop to S.C. Madison amid cries of a rigged election. He filed a lawsuit challenging the results, but it was dismissed as an ecclesiastical matter that the court would stay out of.
Charles was subsequently stripped of his position as pastor in the United House of Prayer. Charles continued to allege other abuses by Bishop Madison, including the swindling of property from Charles’ late father and the refusal of the church to allow Clara to be interred in her husband’s mausoleum at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
Charles, his wife Marjorie Colee (nee. July 25, 1943), his son Charles Jr. (nee. Oct. 4, 1970), and daughter Marjorie Clarissa McCollough-Jackson (nee Feb. 25, 1966) established the Believers in Christ Ministries and conducted efforts on behalf of the poor in Washington, D.C., including Thanksgiving baskets, toys at Christmas, tutoring programs, and anti-drugs programs.
Charles died on June 22, 1996 at the age of 55, of a heart attack, which he suffered after eulogizing his late nephew David Robinson.
(Information taken from Obituary, Washington Post, June 28, 1996, C4.)
Scope and Content NoteThis collection consists of records that document the Ministry and life of Charles L. McCollough, Pastor of the United House of Prayer. Documents include: clippings, correspondence, speeches, sermons, meeting minutes and agendas, youth program information, certificates and awards, and photographs.
RestrictionsThere are no restrictions on this collection.
Series I: CorrespondenceCorrespondence in this series consists of letters to C. L. McCollough, letters to members of his family and letters from members of his family.
Series II: Holy LandThis collection consists of clippings, an itinerary, and memorabilia from Walter McCollough and Family’s trip to the Holy Land in 1967. It includes postcards and photographs.
Series III: SermonsThis series contains full sermons and sermon notes used by C. L. McCollough. The sermons are arranged alphabetically by their title or subject.
Series IV: OutreachThis series contains correspondence, memorabilia, meeting minutes, and other materials that show C. L. McCollough’s work with both the United House of Prayer and Believers in Christ Ministries.
Series V: ProgramsSeries V contains programs from events that honored the McColloughs, were attended by the McColloughs, or were organized by their organizations.
Series VI: AwardsThe United House of Prayer, as well as, the City Council of Washington, D.C. and the National Organization of Free Masons gave the awards and Certificates in this series to C. L. McCollough or his organization.
Series VII: OversizeOversize Outreach and Awards materials are found in this series. They include photographs and certificates.
Series I: Correspondence
- FF 1 Death of C. L. McCollough, 1996
- FF 2 Rev. Edward Cooks, 1994
- FF 3 Walter E. Fauntroy, Clergy Advisory Committee, 1989
- FF 4 Fort Lincoln Cemetery: Mausoleum, 1992
- FF 5 Letters from City Council, 1993
- FF 6 Receipt for Telegram to MLK, Jr. Family after Assassination, 1968
- FF 7 Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg, 1989
Series II: Holy Land
- FF 8 Bishop Walter’s Trip to Holy Land, 1967
- FF 9 Christmas Card from the Holy Land, nd
- FF 10 Itinerary, 1967
- FF 11 The Kibbutz, 1967
- FF 12 Photographs (two), 1967
- FF 13 Postcards, 1967
Series III: Sermons
- FF 14 17 Things Listed, nd
- FF 15 Christ Our Passover, nd
- FF 16 Continuing Adventure with God, nd
- FF 17 Cycles of Birth and Death, nd
- FF 18 Death, nd
- FF 19 A Faith By Which to Die, nd
- FF 20-21 Funerals, nd
- FF 22 God is for Us, nd
- FF 23 God Will Provide, nd
- FF 24 Habbuk the Profet, nd
- FF 25 Holy Ghost, nd
- FF 26 Jehovah, nd
- FF 27 Jesus and Death, nd
- FF 28 Marshall Heights, 1991-1992
- FF 29 Motherhood, nd
- FF 30 A Mother’s Prayer, nd
- FF 31 Passover Season, nd
- FF 32 Pronunciation Guide, nd
- FF 33 Romans Chapter Eight, nd
- FF 34 The Shepherd’s Prayer, 1990
- FF 35 There’s Always a Springtime, 1990
- FF 36 Wedding Vows, nd
- FF 37 You Must be Identified, 1984
Series IV: Outreach
- FF 38 Apostle Charles L. McCollough Day, 1993
- FF 39 Believers in Christ, Meeting Minutes, 1993
- FF 40 Children’s Drawings for Rev. McCollough, nd
- FF 41 Clergy and Church Monitors District 6 and 7, nd
- FF 42 Clippings, 1991-1996
- FF 43 Coalition of Concerned Clergy and Citizens of Ward 7, nd
- FF 44 Little Angel’s and Youth Enrichment Program, 1993
- FF 45 Minister’s License, 1982
- FF 46 Reinstatement of Pastor C. L. McCollough, 1993
- FF 47 Richmond Crusaders, 1991-1992
- FF 48 Senior Minister Appointment, 1980
- FF 49 SHARE (photograph), nd
- FF 50 Student Assistance Program, nd
- FF 51 Student Report Cards, 1991-1993
- FF 52 Thanksgiving Baskets, 1991-1992
- FF 53 United Way Payment, 1991
- FF 54 Ward 7 Monthly Prayer Breakfast, 1989
Series V: Programs
- FF 1 Christian’s Report Card, nd
- FF 2 Founder’s Day, 1999
- FF 3 Gala Holiday Reception and Buffet, 1993
- FF 4 Marjorie-Poem, nd
- FF 5 Leon & Marjorie McCollough, Napkin, 1965
- FF 6 Rev. McCollough, 14th Anniversary Celebration, 1989
- FF 7 Rev. McCollough, 15th Anniversary Celebration, 1990
- FF 8 Rev. McCollough, 16th Anniversary Celebration, 1991
- FF 9 Rev. McCollough as Featured Speaker, 1993-1995
- FF 10 Rev. McCollough Memorials, 1996
- FF 11 Rev. McCollough Testimonial Service, 1993
- FF 12-13 Men’s Day Celebration, 1989-1992
- FF 14 Pamphlets and Fliers, 1997, nd
- FF 15 SHARE DC, 1992-1993
- FF 16 Spring Revival Services, 1989
- FF 17 Thanksgiving Day Celebration, 1989
- FF 18 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, 1988
- FF 19-20 United House of Prayer Groundbreaking, 1979-1989
- FF 21 Young People’s Day, 1986
Series VI: Awards
- FF 22 Coalition of Concerned Citizenry in the Community, 1981
- FF 23 Honor Roll Certificate, 1992
- FF 24 Merit Award, Second Front Showdown, 1978
- FF 25 School Attendance Certificates, 1992
- FF 26-27 Top 100 “F” Class Achievement Award, 1977-1990
- FF 28 Top 100 “G” Class Achievement Award, 1980-1990
- FF 29 Top 100, Runner-Up, Merit Award, 1985-1989
- FF 30 Top Paying Individual/Pastor, 1978-1984
- FF 31 United House of Prayer Achievement Certificates, nd
Series VII: Oversize
- FF 1 Outreach, Bishop McCollough, Photograph, nd
- FF 2 Awards, City Council Resolution, 1993
- FF 3 Awards, Free Mason Certificate, 1967
- FF 4 Awards, Free Mason Certificate, 1970
- FF 5 Awards, Top 10 “C” Class Achievement Awards, 1980-1990
- FF 6 Awards, Top 10 “E” Class Achievement Awards, 1982
- FF 7 Awards, Top 10 “F” Class Achievement Awards, 1982-1990
- FF 8 Awards, Top 10 “G” Class Achievement Awards, 1979-1987
- FF 9 Awards, Top 10 Individuals Achievement Awards, 1984-1985
Compiled by Ryan P. Semmes, September 2006
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D.C. Community Archives
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