The Legacy of Superintendent EmeritusBurton D. Clemons
Founder of Christ The King COGIC Elder Burton DelanoClemons was born in Lovejoy, Illinois to Nina (Craig) and Arland Clemons on April 3, 1933. He was the youngest brother of Arland Jr. (Pete), Arthur, and Jewel. He was a graduateof Cleveland’s Glenville High School. Elder Clemons receivedaBAin Psychology from the Cleveland State University. Helaterearnedhis MAin Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from the Ashland Theological Seminary. He was honored witha Bachelor of Humane Letters from John Carroll University in 2012. ElderClemons married his teenage sweetheart, Marion GeneHuieon July 25, 1953and together they have seven children.Linda (Terrance) Curtain, of Shaker Heights, OH; Karin (Gregory) Jordan, of Cleveland, OH; Toni (Curtis) Porter, of Manassas, VA; Lori (Courtney) Rainer of Silver Springs, MD; Terri (Dr. Walter) Clark of Pittsburgh, PA; Kelly (Brian) Robinson of Severn,MD; and David Clemons of Xenia, OH. They are thegrandparents of15grandchildrenand tengreat-grandchildren. Over his professional career,ElderClemonsled several successfulentrepreneurial endeavors. In his early career, he owned two service stations and an auto repair business. He was the first African Americanto own a franchised Chrysler Plymouth dealershipin Ohio. Elder Clemons was honored in the Black Enterprise Magazineand by the Church of God In Christ, Inc.as the Businessman of the Year. He later served as the Bailiff for the Honorable Judge Carl Character,Cuyahoga CountyCourt of Common Pleas. Elder Clemons is a member of Alpha Phi AlphaFraternity, Inc. and Life Member of the NAACP. In1957, the Lord saved Elder and Sister Clemonsand they both were filled with the Holy Ghost during a revival conducted by National Evangelist Elsie Shaw. Elder Clemons accepted his call into the ministrythat same year. Elder Clemonswas licensed in 1958 and was ordained in 1965 under Bishop U.E. Miller. As a member of Williams TempleCOGIC, he served on the Trustee Board,wasYouthSunday SchoolSuperintendent, and wastheDistrict Y.P.W.W. President. In1968,Elder Clemons was appointed pastor of Prayer TowerCOGICin Akron, Ohioby Bishop Robert S. Fields.His spirit and positive determination to uplift the work of the Lordwasa catalyst for the church,nownamedTower of Prayer Worship Center.In 1998, the Lord blessed thecongregationto purchase a new worship center at 1334 Diagonal Road.Themulti-purpose wing of the new edifice enabledthemtoexpand the outreachministries. The church paid offitsmortgage in 2014.In 1985, Pastor Clemons founded theKoinonia Youth Retreat, and for twenty-two years it was a positive impact in the lives of many young people. The Tower of Prayer missions program has fed thousands of people and continues to be a lifeline to those in crisis in the Akron community.For over40 years Pastorand MotherClemons provided chartered bus transportation and lodging to many saints traveling to the Holy Convocation of the Churches of God in Christ. In 1986, the Lord gave Elder Clemons to establish Christ the King Church of God in Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. The Lord blessed the church to purchase a building to worship and praiseGod in 1997. In 2008, Christ the King merged with Tree of Life Church of God In Christ, under the leadership of his son-in-law Elder Terry Curtain. Now named Generation Church, the saints continue to grow and serve the Lord under the leadership of his grandson, Elder Terrance M. Curtain Jr. Elder Clemons was appointed District Superintendent in the Central Jurisdictionin 1983 and in February2006,the membersunanimously votedto join The Ohio North Jurisdiction under the leadership ofthe lateBishop Walter E. Jordan. Elder Clemons established the Judah First District in the Ohio North First Jurisdiction and served as the Superintendent for five churches. While in this role,Elder Clemons served under Bishop Edward T. Cook as Superintendent and as a member of the Jurisdictional Board of Trustees. After 46years of faithful service,Elderand Mother Clemons retired as Pastor and First Lady of the Tower of Prayer inOctober 2014. Thisinspired duo joined theCalvary COGIC under the leadership of his son-in-law Superintendent Gregory E. Jordan. They continuedto enrich souls by holding monthly bible studies,educational seminars, planning fieldtrips, and holding conference calls through the Seasoned with Grace ministry for seniors. Elder Clemons consistently engaged and encouraged youngpeople tofulfilltheir educational aspirationsanduse their talents to do the Lord’s work. Heand Mother Clemonsdelighted in being volunteer story hour readers at the TrinityOutreach Ministries COGIC’sLittle ScholarsEnrichment Center. At 5:58 am onWednesday May 3, 2017, Elder Clemonsdepartedthis life peacefullyat University Hospitalsurrounded by his loving family.We are heartbroken, yet strengthened to continue to serve the Lord, fortified by his legacy.
"I Cannot Be Broken" @ Pastor TC's 2nd Anniversary Service