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Collection 432 Papers of Vernon C. Watford

Identifier: CN 432

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

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

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

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Vernon Watford in June 1990.

Accessions: 90-67

February 22, 1996

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Collection 432 Papers of Vernon C. Watford
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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