Homegoing of Living Legend Dr. C.A.W. Clark
Jul 27, 2008
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
Dr. Clark, 93, was with his family, including wife Carolyn and
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
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.