C. H. McClelland is the Pastor of Holy Cathedral Church of God In Christ as well as the Founder and President of the Word of Hope Ministries, 2677 North 40th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a growing membership of over 1,200 people. He was appointed Pastor in September 1982 by the late Bishop P.J. Henderson. Pastor McClelland married Prentiss on July 13, 1974.
Bishop McClelland worked for the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services for 19 years. His last position before retiring from Milwaukee County was as the Project Manager for Target Cities which was a Federal Program that had a budget of 8 million dollars with a staff of 54 employees. This program included alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA), Employment Services, Health Care and Intensive Case Management to it’s participants. Unknowingly, this position was preparing him for the development of Word of Hope Ministries which began in 1996 and he serves as Founder/President. Word of Hope Ministries is a non-profit 501c3 organization which includes the Word of Hope Family Resource Center that houses a Broadcast/Telecast Center, Health and Social Service Programs, Mentorship for Youth, ATODA (alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse), Health Care Services, Job Placement and Training, Individual and Family Counseling, Family Technology Center which includes an Adult GED Lab, Children’s Enrichment Lab, and other Technology Services for the entire family.
- Associate Degree in Applied Science – Milwaukee Area Technical College
- BA Degree from Marquette University
- Post Graduate Credit, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Trinity Hall College and Seminary on Sept. 1994
Pastor McClelland has received numerous awards from Civic Organizations for outstanding service and continues to serve on numerous boards.
- Ran an 8 million dollar program providing AODA services to Milwaukee County residents with a staff of 54 employees. This program included employment services, health care and intensive case management to it’s participants.
- Black Excellence Award Honoree
- Retired from the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services after 19 years of service as Program Administrator in various social service programs.
- He received the Pastor of the Year Award, Northwest, WI Jurisdiction on Feb. 24th, 2001.
- Pardon Advisory Board Member – January 2004, Governor Jim Doyle. Vice-Chairman General Council of Pastors & Elders (Church of God In Christ) December 2000 – November 2008
- District Superintendent – Bethel District (Church of God In Christ) – December 2000 – August 2008
- Jurisdictional Prelate, Northwest WI Jurisdiction – November 10, 2008
- COGIC National Appointment, Presiding Bishop Liason to the Board of Bishop’s – November 2009
- Marquette University Alumni Association- “A Person for Others Award” – Presented April 22, 2010