St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

Homegoing of Living Legend Dr. C.A.W. Clark
Jul 27, 2008
Dr. Ceaser Arthur Walter Clark, Sr

Homegoing of Dr. C.A.W. Clark

July 27, 2008

The Reverend Dr. Ceaser Arthur Walter Clark, Sr., internationally known Baptist pastor who spent 58 years as pastor of one of Dallas, Texas' first megachurches, the Good Street Baptist Church, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 27, 2008, at his Oak Cliff home.

Dr. Clark, 93, was with his family, including wife Carolyn and grandchildren.

According to the Dallas Morning News services will be held on Monday, August 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Good Street. Viewing will be all day Saturday, followed by a celebration of his life Sunday during normal church services.

Dr. Clark was born December 13, 1914 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He gave his life to the Lord at the age of 14 and was called to preach at the age of 15. He was called to pastor his first congregation, Israelite Baptist Church of Longstreet, Louisiana at the age of 19. He subsequently pastored congregations in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1950 he accepted the call of Good Street Baptist Church. He remained as shepherd of that flock until July 27, 2008 - for over 58 years in one pulpit.

He mentored generations of preachers and pastors. There are literally thousands of preachers who either began at Good Street who either began their ministry there, sought his counsel and support, or were assisted by Dr. Clark.

Dr. Clark was an oft-imitiated minister who's preaching cadence would captivate the hearts of those who heard him. There are few ministers you could enititle as a legend - however, Dr. Clark was legendary. If you ever heard him, you will never forget his oratory or his "close" of his sermon. He preached classic sermons that resonate today in recordings and on YouTube for this and generations to come.

He was a force religiously, politically, and socially in Dallas, Texas, and the nation. He conducted revivals, crusades, annual days, across the United States and around the world. He was a leader of conventions serving as a State President, Vice President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Candidate for the Presidency of NBCUSA, Inc., and lecturer for the Ministers Division of the National Congress.

At Good Street, the congregation numbered in the thousands before the term "megachurch" was popular. He was a benefactor for years of his alma mater, Bishop College, and he gave leadership and direction to the L.K. Williams Ministers Institute and the Dallas City-Wide Revivals. At Good Street he organized many ministries including a day-care center, a credit union, low income housing, and a legal clinic - several ministries were either the first in the area or one of th first.

Politicially he opened his pulpit to civil rights leaders from around the nation including his good friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and his son, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please pray for Sis. Clark and the Clark Family along with the people of Good Street.

Dr. Ceaser Arthur Walter Clark, Sr