The Honorable, Bishop C. M. Bailey, Leader
Birth and Education:
Young Bailey was born in Newport News, VA, to Christopher C. Bailey and Dorothy E. Bailey; to whom he was second of five children. He has been a member of the United House of Prayer since birth. He is an alumnus of the Newport News Public School System, graduating from Huntington High School, Newport News VA. Graduate of the McCollough Theological Seminary of the United House of Prayer, located in Richmond, Virginia, June 1968.
Married to First Lady Wilhemina Bailey for 37 years. They have three children: daughters Mickie and Clarissa; and son Kevin.
Prelate, Bishop, C.E.O. and Sole Trustee of the United House of Prayer, consisting of 135 congregations, throughout 26 States in the U.S.
Ecclesiastic. Ordained an Elder in 1967, by the late Bishop W. ("Sweet Daddy") McCollough, Successor Bishop to Bishop C. M. ("Sweet Daddy") Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer in America.
Youth Pastor of the United House of Prayer, Richmond, VA; Pastor of East Boundary House of Prayer, GA; Pastor of North Charlotte #1, Charlotte, NC; Consecrated as an Apostle of the United House of Prayer by Bishop W. McCollough, March 20, 1984; Appointed Pastor of Mother House of Prayer, South Philadelphia, PA, June 8, 1986; Appointed Pastor of the Mother House of Prayer of Augusta, GA, with supervisory responsibility for the States of Georgia, Florida and Alabama, October, 1989; Appointed as a Judge of the General Council (highest ecclesiastical body of the United House of Prayer) by Bishop S.C. Madison on September 29, 2000; appointed as Head Judge of the General Council of the United House of Prayer by Bishop S.C. Madison on February 4, 2004, in Los Angeles, CA; Appointed by Bishop S.C. Madison as Senior Minister of the United House of Prayer (to act with all powers of the Bishop in event of a vacancy in the Office) on May 26, 2006; Appointed by Bishop S.C. Madison as Moderator of the General Assembly of the United House of Prayer on May 26, 2006, and again on May 25, 2007; and, after the passing of Bishop Dr. S.C. Madison on April 5, 2008, elected by the General Assembly as Bishop on May 23, 2008 by an unprecedented 91 percent of the votes cast.
The annual "Truth and Facts of the United House of Prayer;" the Madison Magazine (in the "Bailey Era"); and the annual "Are You Aware?"
Civic Positions, Directorships, etc.:
Sole Trustee of the United House of Prayer, and C.E.O.; Executive Director of the McCollough Scholarship College Fund; Sole Trustee of Single-member Owner of the Madison Saints Paradise South LLC (Senior Living Facilities); General Builder and Executive Director of the Nationwide Bailey Building Program, and the United House of Prayer churches and various properties; Sole Trustee of Single-member Owner of the Madison Early Childhood Development Center LLC./
Other Honors and Special Awards:
Commended by State and City officials across the U.S. for his elevation to the Office of Bishop of the United House of Prayer.
Bishop C. M. ("Sweet Daddy") Bailey's Contributions to Church, Community, and Nation:
Bishop C. M. ("Sweet Daddy") Bailey comes to his position as only the fourth person to serve as Bishop of the United House of Prayer in its celebrated 82-year history as a religious institution, known in America and throughout the world. As Bishop, Daddy Bailey is now at the culmination of a lifelong service of dedication to his church, community and Nation. He knew the meaning of dedication so well that, when Daddy McCollough made the call in 1967 for young men to come to be ordained as Elders of the United House of Prayer, he testified that he evaded the call, or so he thought. It was on the Sunday evening of Convocation after the call for Elders had closed that he felt compelled to present himself to Daddy McCollough and ask if it was not too late to still respond to the call; to which Daddy McCollough responded to one of the Elders, "get his name quick, before he changes his mind!" So began 24 years of faithful service by Daddy Bailey as a minister under Daddy McCollough, to be followed by 17 more years of dedicated service in the ministry under Daddy Madison. Daddy Bailey's sum total of 41 years of loyal and devoted service in the ministry under his predecessors, Daddy McCollough and Daddy Madison is hard to match. He has travelled this Nation many times over in giving his untiring support to his predecessors. It was always their cause he advanced - their welfare he sought to protect - and not his own! More often than not, it was Daddy Bailey's voice that was heard as Master of Ceremony at Dedications of new Houses of Prayer built by Daddy Madison in communities across the Nation over these past 17 years; or at the opening of affordable housing developments or senior housing or other community reinvestment efforts directed by Daddy Madison in areas surrounding the various Houses of Prayer. In all of these initiatives, the United House of Prayer, the communities and the Nation have benefited. In the Year 2000, when Daddy Madison saw the need to strengthen the General Council, he appointed Daddy Bailey as a Judge of the General Council in September in Augusta, GA, with instructions that he would preside over the General Council in Charlotte, NC, for the closing out of the Convocation and of the works. In a further move to strengthen the institution of the General Council, Daddy Madison appointed Daddy Bailey in the year 2004 as Head Judge of the General Council. Finally, to preserve the stability of the organization, Daddy Madison saw fit to appoint Daddy Bailey as Senior Minister of the United House of Prayer (to act with all powers of the Bishop in event of a vacancy in the Office), while in the General Assembly Session of 2006. Daddy Madison went on to appoint Daddy Bailey as Moderator of the 2006 General Assembly Session and, again, for the 2007 General Assembly Session. On May 23, 2008, upon the passing of Daddy Madison, Daddy Bailey was elected as Bishop by an unprecedented 91 percent of the votes.