Our History History

In 2008, Bishop John B., the late Evangelist Earline McIntyre and then, Minister Lamar P. McIntyre answered the call from God and founded the Courts of Praise Christian Church (COPCC). On Sunday, March 2, 2008 the Courts of Praise Christian Church opened its doors at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ballroom in Forestville, Maryland.

Since the conception of COPCC, several ministries have been added to enhance the worship experience and ultimately better serve our surrounding communities. These flourishing ministries include COPCC Music, Floetry in Motion (Dance/Poetry), (Men’s Ministry), (Women’s Ministry), Fresh Fire Fridays (Fellowship Services), Hospitality & Pastor’s Aid Committees, Audio Visual, Youth for Christ, Sunday School and Helps & Support. However, the Trustee, Usher, Missionary and Deacon Boards are also instrumental in sustaining the church. As all the ministries continue to grow and thrive, it is the church’s desire that new members will join the fellowship.

As the church expands, God continues to provide. He has transitioned COPCC from the VFW to a storefront off of Ritchie Road; then, a shared facility with Joshua Christian Center of Camp Springs, MD; and now, its current location in Temple Hills, MD. COPCC is trusting God, ultimately, for its own edifice.

The clergy and congregation of Courts of Praise Church look forward to the GREAT work that God is doing within this Body of Christ and we welcome you to share with us.

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Our Senior Pastor Pastor

  The Right Reverend Lamar P. McIntyre is the Senior Pastor and one of the organizers of The Courts of Praise Christian Church, Temple Hills, Maryland where his lovely wife Lady Keisha McIntyre serves by his side as First Lady. Reverend McIntyre is the Father of two lovely ladies Keiara and Essence McIntyre. Reverend McIntyre served as Associate Minister at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cumberland, Maryland under the pastorate of his father Bishop John B. McIntyre and mother, the late Co-Pastor Earline McIntyre for 14 years.

Reverend McIntyre was ordained in August of 2008 by the National Association Council of Community Churches of America and Elsewhere, Incorporated. He received Baptist ordination in December of 2013 from the Living Faith Baptist Church in Washington, DC under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Edwin E. Jones, Sr. Reverend McIntyre is a member in good standing with the Missionary Baptist Minister’s Conference of Washington, DC and the Baptist Convention of DC & Vicinity. He is a certified member in good standing with the Joint College of African-American Bishop’s located in Cleveland, Ohio. In July of 2016, then Reverend McIntyre was elevated to the appointment of Overseer; and on July 26, 2021 Reverend McIntyre was consecrated to the Office of Bishop under the hand of Chief Consecrator, The Honorable Bishop C. Anthony Muse, Presiding Bishop of The Ark United Christian Community Churches, International, headquartered in Upper Marlboro, Maryland along with its International Board of Bishops. The Right Reverend Lamar P. McIntyre presently serves as the General Secretary for the Ark United Christian Community Churches, International which is a Fellowship of Churches located in the United States, Ghana, Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.

The Right Reverend McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Leadership from The Faith Bible College and Seminary located in Washington, D.C. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in African American Church studies from The Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC in May of 2020. Bishop McIntyre is presently in post graduate studies as a Doctor of Ministry student at the Historic Howard University School of Divinity.

The Right Reverend McIntyre is the author of the book, “Marriage Made Sweet” which has been sold in Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. There are a numerous amount of awards and achievements that The Right Reverend McIntyre has accomplished and could share however; The Right Reverend McIntyre believes in the saying; Good, Better, Best, Never let it Rest…Until your Good is Better and Your Better is Best!!

Our Leaders Leaders

  • Elder
    Anthony Johnson, Jr, M.C.E.

    Assistant Pastor

  • Elder
    George Russell, M.A.

    Associate Pastor

  • Elder
    Michael Woolard

    Associate Minister

  • Missionary
    Shawanda Johnson, B.Sc

    Church Secretary & Clerk

  • Minister
    Ingra E. Lewis, RN,MSA

    Head Trustee & Associate Minister

  • Minister
    Cheryl Colbert

    Associate Minister

  • Minister
    Christine Russell

    Associate Minister

  • Evangelist
    Trinita Lattimore, M.Ed, MSc., LCPC-S

    Associate Minister

  • Elder
    Lamika Weiss

    Associate Minister

  • Bishop
    John B. McIntyre, D.Min

    Resident Bishop

Our Ministries Ministries

  • Deacon’s Ministry – Dea. Adrienne Stanton, Leader
  • Trustee Ministry – Min. Ingra Lewis, Head Trustee
  • Missionary Ministry – Miss. Ruth Ann Slade, Leader
  • Men’s Ministry – Elder George Russell, Leader
  • Women’s Ministry – Miss. Shawanda Johnson, Leader
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry – Elder Michael Woolard


  • Music Ministry – Elder Anthony Johnson, Leader
  • Corporate Prayer Ministry – Missionary Ruth Slade Leader
  • Health & Wellness Ministry – Min. Ingra Lewis, Leader
  • SHARE Program – Missionary Shawanda Johnson, Leader
  • Adjutancy- Elder George Russell, Leader
  • Intentional Social Justice Ministry-TBD

Our Events Events

  • We are worshipping back in person. Presently worshipping at 1401 Independence Ave, SE Washington, DC 20003 Find us on Facebook @COP Christian

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Contact Details

We are presently located at
8329 Old Marlboro Pike B5
Upper Marlboro, MD 20747

Mailing: PO Box 47902,
District Heights, MD 20753

Email: Courts.praise@gmail.com

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