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Bishop Otis G Clark: 1903-2012
Bishop Otis G. Clark was born on February 13, 1903, in Meridian, Oklahoma before Oklahoma even a state. At the time it was Indian Territory. At the age of eighteen, Clark 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.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 famous actors. He knew a young man named Steppin’ Fetchit. Steppin’ Fetchit chose Clark to be a friend and buddy. Clark had the opportunity to serve Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Charley Chaplin, some of America’s most prominent 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 served as an International Minister for over 90 years, longer than the average life expectancy. Clark's daughter and grand-daughter are carrying on the torch of revival and his Azusa Street Revival legacy. They continue to preach and write about the oracles of God.
To read more about his life - order his biography, His Story, History, and His Secret.
Evangelist Clark was 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
He is a 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivor. This took place on America’s Black Wall street, the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK.
He cared for himself independently
He took no medications
He had all his natural teeth, no dentures
He did not regularly wear glasses with the exception of reading glasses
He ate 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.
Otis Clark Video Link below: