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Charles L. McCollough Collection

Identifier: 015

Scope and Contents

This 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.


  • Creation: 1967-1999


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Biographical / Historical

Charles 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. Mr. McCollough 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, Mr. McCollough was a pastor at the United House of Prayer from 1975 to 1992.

In 1991, Walter “Sweet Daddy” McCollough died and it was assumed that Mr. McCollough would ascend to Bishop of the House of Prayer. However, Mr. McCollough lost the election to S. C. Madison amid cries of a rigged election. Mr. McCollough filed a lawsuit challenging the results, but it was dismissed because it was an ecclesiastical matter. Mr. McCollough was subsequently stripped of his position as pastor in the United House of Prayer. Mr. McCollough continued to allege other abuses by Bishop Madison, including the swindling of property from his late father and the refusal of the church to allow his mother to be interred in her husband’s mausoleum at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Mr. McCollough, his wife Marjorie Colee, his son Charles, Jr., and daughter Marjorie Clarissa McCollough-Jackson established the Believers in Christ Ministries where they focused on working with struggling populations. Their work included Thanksgiving Baskets, toys at Christmas, tutoring programs, and anti-drugs programs.

Mr. McCollough 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.)


1.5 Linear feet

3 Boxes


Series 1: Correspondence
Correspondence in this series consists of letters to Charles L. McCollough, letters to members of his family, and letters from members of his family.

Series 2: Holy Land
This 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 3: Sermons
This series contains sermons and notes used by Charles L. McCollough. The sermons are arranged alphabetically by their title or subject.

Series 4: Outreach
This series contains correspondence, memorabilia, meeting minutes, and other materials that show Chalres L. McCollough’s work with both the United House of Prayer and Believers in Christ Ministries.

Series 5: Programs
This series contains programs from events that honored the McColloughs, were attended by the McColloughs, or were arranged by their organizations.

Series 6: Awards
This series includes awards given to Charles. L. McCollough or his organization.

Series 7: Oversize
This series includes oversize Outreach and Awards materials. They include photographs and certificates.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Charles L. McCollough’s widow, Marjorie C. McCollough in 1997.

Processing Information

Standard archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.

Charles L. McCollough Collection
An inventory of Charles L. McCollough Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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