Our History

The Origin of the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International

A group of five people assembled themselves with the purpose of starting a church on February 27, 1928. This group first met in a private residence on Third Street in Northwest Washington, DC.

After three months of meeting in the homes of church members, Elder Henry Chauncey Brooks, the Founder of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International established a church at Second and P Streets, in Northwest Washington, DC. The church relocated to Fourth and Virginia Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC in May 1935 where it remained for the next twenty-eight years. A highway construction project forced the church to move to Ninth and D Street Northeast, Washington, DC in 1963.

The church became incorporated in December 1933, upon receiving charter credentials from Bishop Robert Clarence Lawson, Founder of Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Way of the Cross organization now had the authority to establish and organize other churches. Elder Henry C. Brooks was consecrated as Bishop in 1933.

Bishop Henry C. Brooks served as Pastor of the Mother Church and Presiding Bishop of The Way of the Cross, International from 1933 until his death on June 12, 1967. Bishop Walter J. Thompson Sr., Bishop Willie James Davis, and Bishop Joseph Weathers were the three Elders that served as Interim Pastor for four month terms each.

Bishop John Luke Brooks, the brother-in-law of Bishop Henry C. Brooks, became the Pastor of the Mother Church from 1967-1978. He also served as the second Presiding Bishop of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International until his death in 1981.


Bishop Harry Clay Eggleston became the third Presiding Bishop of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International upon the death of Bishop John L. Brooks. He served in this capacity until his death from 1981-1985.

Bishop Leroy H. Cannady, Sr. became the fourth Presiding Bishop of the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International in 1985. After twenty-four years of service to the organization, Bishop Cannady remains loyal to its doctrine and continues to stand on the resounding declaration that “The Way of the
Cross Leads Home”.

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