Charles McClelland, bishop for the Wisconsin Northwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, will be honored with the A Person for Others Award from the Marquette University Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Marquette University Alumni Association in a ceremony on Thursday, April 22. McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marquette in 1974.
After graduating from Marquette, McClelland allowed the Lord to direct his path and became pastor of Milwaukee’s Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ. Soon after becoming pastor he founded Word of Hope Ministries, Inc., which offers hope and help through the Word of Hope Family Resource and Technology Center.
McClelland is a “servant leader,” providing substance abuse support programming, youth mentoring, individual and family counseling and job training and placement to those in need.
He became bishop of the Wisconsin Northwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ in 2008, assisting pastors in their efforts to meet the needs of their congregations.
Of his Marquette experience and winning this award McClelland said, “Growing up as the youngest of 10 children in a rural community where opportunities were limited, attending Marquette with its values strengthened the core values instilled in me by my parents. This award is a confirmation of my God given purpose and assignment.”
The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards Ceremony is part of Marquette University’s Alumni Awards weekend, April 22-24, during which each college recognizes the contributions of its alumni and presents awards to those demonstrating exceptional achievement. For more information, visit www.marquette.edu/awards<http://www.marquette.edu/awards