Bishop Timothy J. Clarke is the visionary leader and Senior Pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Under his dynamic and prophetic leadership, First Church has become a spiritual beacon at the local and national level.
Bishop Clarke was called to the ministry in January, 1974 and served as Associate Minister at First Church of God, in his hometown of Far Rockaway, New York, under his mentor, the late Dr. James E. Cray. Bishop Clarke began his pastorate at York Avenue Church of God (Warren, OH) in November, 1977; faithfully serving that congregation for four years.
In February, 1982, he was called to the Senior Pastorate of First Church of God (Columbus, OH). He was consecrated to the office of Bishop in September, 2001. In addition to his commitment and anointing as a pastor, Bishop Clarke willfully serves the Body of Christ as an evangelist and teacher. Bishop Clarke has received several honors and degrees for his service to the church and to the community at large which include: Master in Ministry, (Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA); Doctor of Divinity (Mid-America Bible College, Oklahoma City, OK; Doctor of Law, (Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA); Doctor of Humanities, (Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH) and Morehouse College Board of Preachers Inductee.
He has served on the boards of various community and political organizations: State of Ohio Victims of Crime Advisory Board, Columbus Urban League Board of Directors, United Way of Franklin County, Inter-racial Leadership Council, Clergy Leadership Task Force, Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, President & CEO – New Beginnings Christian Community Revitalization Corporation.
Bishop Clarke has maintained a fellowship with the National Association of the Church of God (NACOG) serving in several leadership capacities including: President of the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC); Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly; President, Vice-President and Presiding Elder of the NACOG.
The author of seven books, Bishop Clarke ministers to our heart and encourages our soul through: “Signs of His Coming,” “Help for Those Who Hurt,” “Bring Back the Glory,” “Daughter Don’t Miss Your Season,” “Living in the Blessed Place,” “Making the Most of Your Time” and “Celebrating the Family: Lessons from the Book of Ruth.”
Bishop Clarke and his lovely wife, Lady Clytemnestra Lawson Clarke of Teaneck, NJ are the parents of two adult daughters.