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Title: Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship Records, 1957-2017Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0559
Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1983-2017
expand icon Historical Note

Martha Sconiers Featherston, founder and president of Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship, was born in Bellwood, Alabama on July 18th, 1932 along with her twin sister, Mamie Sconiers Leonard, as the third child to Ruben and Avie Sconiers. She grew up in Panama City, Florida where her father founded Antioch C.O.G.I.C. and where she began her church activities. In her early 20s she lived briefly in Newark, New Jersey. By 1955 she had moved to Long Beach, California. In 1958 she married Kenneth Featherston and moved to San Diego.

Featherson has a practical nursing certificate, an asssociate's in arts in Merchandising Management from San Diego City College, and in 1980 received a Real Estate Brokers License from the State of California. She has served in many positions in both the church and government. She is affiliated with ITC Club, the Project Restore of the Black Federation, Women’s Ministerial Fellowship, and is a member of the NAACP.

After a pilgrimage to Israel, Featherston was inspired to found Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship, a multi-denominational Christian group focused on the power of prayer to strengthen and heal people, in San Diego in 1983. The group is primarily led by women. The Shut-in Prayer Ministry, an organization focusing on praying for shut-ins was founded in the same year in Los Angeles by Mamie Leonard. The Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship and Shut-In Prayer Ministry are collectively referred to as the Twin Ministries.

expand icon Arrangement

I.    Martha Featherston Files, 1957-2013

II.   Kenneth Featherston Files, 1988-2013

III.  Mamie Leonard Files, 1997-2001

IV.  Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship (IFPF/ IPF) Files, 1983-2017

V.   Newspaper Clippings, 1977-2008

VI.  Twin Ministry Files, 1983-2012

VII. Shut-In Ministries Files, 1996-2006

VIII. Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) Files, 1975-2012

IX.   Related Religious Organization Files, 1965-2007

X.    Related Religious Event Files, 1985-2009

XI.   Related Religious Writing Files,1970-1999

XII.  Photo Files, 1981-2012

XIII. Audio and Video Recording Files, 1984-2004

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 05/23/2017. 2017-024
Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Due to lack of funding, we are currently unable to digitize some audiovisual formats. As a result, this footage is unavailable for research at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to contribute to the transfer of these obsolete formats, please contact Robert Ray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Martha S. Featherston
Related Materials:

Reverend George Walker Smith Papers

Harold K. Brown Papers, 1956-2000

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Inter-faith Prayer Fellowship Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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