by: Alexus Powell
Facts About " Daddy Grace "
- Marcelino Manuel da Graça, better known as Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace, or Daddy Grace, was the founder and first bishop of the predominantly African-American denomination the United House of Prayer For All People.
- Charles Manuel was born January 25, 1881 in Brava, Cape Verde Islands
- Bishop Charles M. "Sweet Daddy" Grace, known as both a revered prophet and as a religious cult leader from 1940 to 1960
- With his parents and four siblings, Grace immigrated to Massachusetts at the turn of the twentieth century.
- In his first years in the New Bedford area, Grace held odd jobs such as picking cranberries, dishwashing, and selling patent medicines. During this time he also Americanized his surname and began using the first name Charles.
The United House of Prayer For All People
- The United House of Prayer for All People has 145 places of worship in 29 states.
- The church has an estimated membership of 27,500-50,000 members.
- The national headquarters for the church is located in Washington, D.C. at 601 M Street.
- The United House of Prayer for All People runs soul food restaurants and holds annual "Christian Saints" marching parades, as well as its public street baptisms, sometimes performed by fire hose and for its shout bands.
Daddy Grace Co.
- Daddy Grace, an innovative Christian evangelist, faith healer, pastor and bishop, used his unique worship style to birth a distinctive religious institution on the American scene
Faith Healer: Faith healing is the ritualistic practice of prayer and gestures (such as laying on of hands) that are claimed to elicit divine intervention in spiritual and physical healing, especially the Christian practice.
Pastor: a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation.
Bishop: a senior member of the Christian clergy, typically in charge of a diocese and empowered to confer holy orders.