Zev Porat

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

World's OLDEST Preacher - Bishop Otis G Clark -109 YEARS OLD

Photo and text from http://lifeenrichmentinc.com

Bishop Otis G. Clark was born on February 13, 1903, in Meridian, Oklahoma before Oklahoma was even a state. At the time it was Indian Territory. Evangelist Clark is 107 years old. At the age of eighteen. Otis was caught in the "1921 Tulsa Race Riot" in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the time Greenwood was a mecca for African-Americans who owned their own successful businesses due to the oil boom. This riot was one of the worse race riots on American soil caused by jealously. As a young man fleeing for his life he hoboed on a train to California looking for his biological father and left Tulsa for many years.

Clark was heavily involved with the original Azusa Street Mission members. The Azusa Street Revival began in 1906 and was led by William J. Seymour in Los Angeles, California. Before the Azusa Street Mission building was torn down, Clark was given the Power of Attorney by Bishop Driscoll over the Azusa Street Mission. He still has the original document. Samuel M. Crouch of Los Angeles, California officially ordained Clark as a preacher - this took place at 33rd and Compton Street in Los Angeles. He also had the honor of serving Charles H. Mason, whom he affectionately called “Dad.” Bishop Mason is the founder of the Church of God in Christ.

While living in California, Clark had the opportunity to rub shoulders with many rich and famous actors. He knew a young man named Steppin’ Fetchit. Steppin’ Fetchit chose Clark to be a friend and buddy. Clark also had the opportunity to serve Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Charley Chaplin, some of America’s most famous movie stars. Clark and his wife lived in Joan Crawford's home. He was the butler and she was the cook.

The years of 1929-1932 represented dark and desperate days for America, known as The Great Depression. In the midst of the chaos of this time - God blessed Clark. During The Great Depression he was well provided for with ample food and clothing. Not once did he stand in a bread or soup line.

To the glory of God, he has served as an International Minister for over 80 years, longer than the average life expectancy. Clark is presently going strong at the young age of 109 as he continues to preach and write about the oracles of God.

Otis Clark's biography was released for his 105th birthday. To read more about his life - order your copy today!

Interesting Facts:

Evangelist Clark is older than the state of Oklahoma, which was incorporated in 1907.

He knew original members of the Azusa Street Mission, which was started by William J. Seymour in 1906 and was given the power of attorney of the original Azusa Street Mission.

He is a 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivor. This took place on America’s Black Wall street, the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK.

He still lives independently

He takes no medications

He has all of his natural teeth

He does not regularly wear glasses with the exception of reading glasses

He eats a healthy and balanced diet of lean beef, chicken, fruits and vegetables

He threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Boston Red Sox the year they won the World Series

He traveled on a mission trip to Africa. The first when he was 103 yrs old and the second when he was 104 yrs old and went to the West Indies at 107

He is the world's oldest traveling minister

He attended the second World's Fair in 1933 in Chicago, IL...and guess what they previewed?...The TELEVISION.

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