The Late Bishop Ulysses S. King, Sr. (Presided 1946 – 1985)
Theologian & Seminarian; “A Preacher’s Preacher” 

After the death of his father, Arch Bishop Judge King, Elder U.S. King was called from his seminary studies and consecrated as bishop in 1946, during the 37th National Convocation of the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Beaumont, Texas by Elder Ted Sanders, D.D., a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Taking the reins of the organization, Bishop U.S. King served as national president and senior bishop for nearly 40 years (until his death in 1985), longer than any other (senior) presiding bishop of Christ Holy Sanctified Church.  Being the son of the founders, Bishop King was the only person who was bestowed the title and position of Senior Bishop “for life.”

As a writer, author, singer, master musician (Bishop King played the banjo, piano, and organ), orator, historian, and the “preacher’s preacher,” Bishop King brought notoriety and excellence to the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, as he led the church through some of its most difficult times.  His fellowship and friendship with several prominent leaders of other Pentecostal movements, such as Bishop E.F. Morris, Bishop Robert L. Searcie, Bishop S.M. Crouch, Bishop E.E. Cleveland, Sr., and Bishop E.R. Driver, made him the consummate statesman.  Although hundreds of thousands wanted to leave other organizations to come under the leadership of Bishop King, he did not believe in enlarging the Christ Holy Sanctified Church by taking in others from those leaders with whom he knew and had fellowship with.  He would always say, “I’d rather have your friendship and fellowship than your membership.”

Bishop King and his wife, Tryphosa, were personally responsible for bringing in over 100 churches from Nigeria and Lagos, West Africa into Christ Holy Sanctified Church.  Missionary work was their passion; they loved the African Saints as they ministered to tens of thousands each worship service during their many missionary journeys overseas.

As a theologian and seminarian, many of Bishop King’s writings and memoirs can be found at the Theological Union Center for Urban Black Studies located in Berkeley, California.