Bishop Frank Clemmons, the late Founder and Pastor of Historic First, 221 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 (from January 1924 until September 1990) was born in Washington, North Carolina, September 6, 1894.

In 1918 Frank Clemmons was a young minister, newly married and a new pastor, in Plymouth North Carolina. His work grew and flourished. In spite of the flourishing ministry, Frank Clemmons sensed that his life's ministry was elsewhere.

As a youth he answered the call of the military and became a soldier durinng World War 1. After being discharged from the army, he came north where he pastored until the day of his death.

A dear friend, who himself was latrer to become a Bishop, Peter J.F. Bridges, prevailed with Frank Clemmons to come to New York as many from the south were doing following World War 1.

After consulting with his Plymouth church and his family, Frank Clemmons came to Brooklyn, New York, hosted by his nometown friend, Peter Bridges. For three years (1923-1926) he prayed. worked, preached and drew the tired, the poor and the weary to Christ. For two years hte Plymouth pulpit was vacant as they hoped for their pastor's return. However thus was not to be.

It was while sowing the seeds of ministry in Brooklyn, in 1924, that the later ocerseer J.E. Bryant ordained Elder Frank Clemmons at the Convocation in New Jersey. The Holy Spirit had determined that Brooklyn, New York would be the place for Elder Frank Clemmon's life work. Again, Frank Clemmons chose the way of obedience. God honored that choice. In 1926, he moved his family to the downtown area of Brooklyn, New York. Young Frank had a burning desire to accomplish true ministry for the Lord. Elder Clemmons, along with his fan=mily and a few friends, was led of God to start a little mission. There weren't any Churches of God in Chrsit in Brooklyn at that time. Elder Clemmons called this little mission Brooklyn, Number One. From this luittle mission, the grand old Church of God in Christ was started in the eastern part of New York. From this ministry, churched was planted in Long Island and spread across the eastern part of the state. Brooklyn Number One proved to be a seed-bed for the whole area.

Elder Frank Clemmons was consecrated to the office of Bishop in 1959 by the late Bishop O.M. Kelly. He was then appointed State Bishop of Vermont. He also served as District Superintendent and worked with the State Advisory Commitee.

During his years of ministry, Bishop Clemmons reached out and served many. At the time of his death, Bishop Frank Clemmons had been in the ministry for 66 years.


Bishop Ithiel C. Clemmons was born on December 2, 1921 in Washington North Carolina, as the third of seven children (the two eldest died in childhood), the offspring of Bishop Frank & Pauline Clemmons.

At the age of 5 in Washington, N.C., little Ithiel was being called "the Preacher". He accepted Christ at an early age and committed himself to the Church and its ministries.

In 1952 he received his Master of Arts in Education; City College of New York.
In 1953 he married Alyce Wilmer Thompson who died in January, 1968, leaving three beautiful daughters: Pamela Marie, Constance Pauline and Debra Ann.
In 1956 he received his Master of Divinity: Union Theological Seminary.

From 1968 until 1992 he was appointed National Prayer Leader. In June, 1969, God gifted him with the former Clara Cantrell of Harvey, Illinois who for almost 30 years was his constant companion, partner and "soul mate". Bishop often referred to Sister Clara as "my best friend."

May, 1975 he was appointed Bishop of the Armed Services.
From 1978 until 1998 he was appointed Women's Convention Morning Preacher.
In 1986 he Founded the National Prayer Clinic in Greensboro, North Carolina.
in July, 1988 he was installed Bishop of Eastern New York First Jurisdiction.
In November, 1991 he was elected to the General Board of the Churches of God in Christ.
In 1991 he received his Doctor of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center and Divinity. Min. ITom the New York Theological Seminary.

Bishop Ithiel Clemmons was not only the Jurisdictional Prelate of Eastern New York first Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction with close to one hundres Churches, but he also was Pastor of Historic First Church of God in Christ, Brooklyn, NY as well as Church of God in Christ Cathedral, home of Wells Memorial Church of God in Christ, Greensboro, North Carolina.

He was Adjunct-Professor of African-American Religious Studies at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. He was lecturer at the Duke University Divinity School; Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA); Member of the Planning Committee of the North American Renewal Service Committee (NARSC) for the Harry Emerson Fosdick Convocation convened at Riverside Church, New York City in 1997; Member of the Board of Directors of the LeMan Corporation of Longwood, Florida; past President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS).

Bishop Ithiel Clemmons was awarded numerous honorary degrees from various colleges and universities including the Doctor of Divinity from the Charles Harrison Mason Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center at Atlanta, Georgia.

Bishop Ithiel Conrad Clemmons - Church of God in Christ Historian, Pastor, Teacher, Builder and Church Administrator, Mentor, devoted father and loving husband went home to be with His Lord on January 9, 1999.