Collection 432 Papers of Vernon C. Watford
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of an oral history interview with Vernon C. Watford and a video tape titled "Triple C Bible Camp." The video depicts activities at the Triple C Bible Camp, such as Bible study groups, singing, swimming, games, and campfires, with comments about the camp by supporters, workers, attendees, and parents. This camp was founded by the Watford and his wife. The oral history interiew includes information on Watford's family, childhood, conversion, education at Washington Bible College, marriage, work with the American Sunday School Union, establishment of the Triple C Bible Camp and Bible Institute in North Carolina. Events described cover the time period 1936-1990.
Vernon C. Watford was interviewed by Robert Shuster on June 14, 1990, during the National Black Church Development Summit in Dayton, Tennessee. There are occasional comments by Mrs. Marian Watford during the interview. The time period covered in the interview is roughly 1936-1990.
- Created: 1990
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Biographical or Historical Information
Full name: Vernon C. Watford
Birth date: 1936
Birth place: Winton, North Carolina
Parents: Dixon and Aberdeen Watford
Siblings: Vernon was fourteenth of fifteen children (nine boys)
Conversion: Conversion from reading the Bible in 1963
Marital Status: Married to Marian Watford
Denominational Affiliation: Baptist
Dropped out of C. S. Brown High School in eleventh grade
1955-1958 Joined military at eighteen, took GED 1970 Graduated from Washington Bible College
1958-? Worked for the U.S. government Departments of Public Roads and of Public Health
Helped start Christian Committee of Concern
Worked as first black missionary for the American Sunday School Union
1971- Evangelist in North Carolina
1973- Triple C Bible Institute, Triple C Bible Camp, youth group ministry, radio ministry
1980- Began and pastored Berean Bible Baptist Church at Ahoskie, North Carolina
2004- Watford was convicted in a North Carolina court of indecent liberty with a minor and sentenced to three years probation.
2.00 Audio Tapes
1 Video Tape
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Vernon Watford in June 1990.
February 22, 1996
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
- African American clergy.
- African Americans -- Missions.
- African Americans -- Religious life.
- African Americans -- Social conditions.
- African Americans.
- American Sunday-School Union.
- Baptists -- North Carolina.
- Bible -- Study and teaching.
- Bible colleges
- Bible colleges -- United States.
- Christian Committee of Concern.
- Christian education of children -- United States.
- Christian education of children.
- Christian education of teenagers -- United States.
- Christian education of teenagers.
- Christian education, Outdoor -- United States.
- Christian education, Outdoor.
- Christian life.
- Church and social problems -- United States.
- Church and social problems.
- Church development, New -- United States.
- Church development, New.
- Cities and towns -- United States.
- Cities and towns.
- Courtship -- United States.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work -- Washington (D.C.)
- Evangelistic work.
- North Carolina
- North Carolina -- Religion.
- Radio in religion -- United States.
- Radio in religion.
- Sunday schools -- United States.
- Sunday schools.
- Triple C Bible Camp.
- Triple C Bible Institute.
- Watford, Vernon C.
- Collection 432 Papers of Vernon C. Watford
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