Bishop John Hence Mitchell - CCC Upper Marlboro
3C Upper Marlboro
15885 Commerce Court
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
John Hence Mitchell, Jr. was born on January 2, 1953 in Cottage Grove, Alabama, as the second of six children of John and Laverne Mitchell. In 1976, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics at Cal State University, Dominquez Hills. After graduation, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles, where he met Lynette Wotten.
Yahvah drew John and Lynette to CCCLA to be saved. During a bible study message, Yahvah spoke to John and said, “Follow that man, and you will be blessed, your family will be blessed, and all those around you will be blessed.” John began to follow Bishop Washington and Yahvah began to pour out His blessings. A few weeks later in January 1983, Lynette was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Two days later, Bishop Washington counseled John for the Holy Spirit. At home that night, John asked and Yahvah filled him with the Holy Spirit, waking him up in the middle of the night, speaking in tongues. John was baptized two days later. In June 1983, Yahvah joined John and Lynette together in marriage at CCC by Bishop Will T. Washington.
John began to labor for Yahvah. He started a witnessing team, joined the intercessory prayer team, and supported the “Under My Wings” Program. In 1984, he acknowledged Yahvah’s call to the ministry, John and Lynette began to receive minister/minister’s wife training. While training, Minister Mitchell increased his commitment and began to labor more fervently. He led Friday Night and Saturday Morning Prayer, the Baptismal Committee, and Counselors for Salvation. He became a deacon, an usher, taught new believers classes, and assisted with Men’s Fellowship.
On July 3, 1988, Minister Mitchell was ordained as a Pastor and sent to Alexandria, Virginia to start a church. A week later, Pastor and Sister Mitchell held the first Sunday service of Christian’s Community Center of Alexandria (CCCAL) in their hotel room. A few weeks later, their children Paul (2), Tiffany (10), Derrick (12), and John III (13) joined them. In October 1988, Yahvah blessed the family with a wonderful 6-bedroom house and moved the family and church to Mitchellville, Maryland. They converted the basement into a sanctuary and began holding services there every Sunday morning.
In February 1990, Yahvah moved the church to Alexandria, Virginia. Pastor Mitchell conducted Sunday Morning Worship and Friday Bible Study in a conference room at Charles Houston Recreation Center. Pastor Mitchell was an active member of the community. He became a member of the Board of Directors at Charles Houston Center and of the Alexandria Residency Council. At the request of Alexandria City Councilman Bill Cleveland, Pastor Mitchell preached each Friday night at an outside neighborhood gathering to discourage drug activity in the neighborhood.
In 1992, Bishop Washington told Pastor Mitchell to be open to Yavah giving CCCAL a building. A few days later, Yahvah blessed CCCAL to lease a building at 203 East Custis Avenue (the current location). The congregation began the difficult and expensive task of converting an old hardware store into a church building, but Yahvah always made a way.
In September 1994, the congregation completed the conversion and CCCAL received its Certificate of Occupancy permit from the City of Alexandria. In July 1995, the church building was dedicated to Yahvah. Saints from CCC of LA, McComb and Jackson came to participate.
In 2000, Bishop Washington, the CCC Pastor and their wives traveled to Israel. During their stay, Bishop Washington introduced the name of Yeshua to the Pastors and asked them what they thought our organization should do? Pastor Mitchell said if our Savior’s name is Yeshua then Yeshua is the name we should use. When Pastor Mitchell returned from the trip, he began to teach and use the name of Yeshua. Also during the Convention, Pastor and Sister Mitchell and some of their members were baptized in the name of Yeshua. All CCC churches formally converted to the name. Since that convention, whatever we do in word or deed, we do all I the name of Yeshua.