Martin Luther King service will be held Sunday


WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Pentecostal Pastors Association will sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. joint service with Bethlehem Temple and Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethlehem located at 330 N. Main St.

Elder Tyrone Clark of Erie, Pa., and Christ Temple pastor will be the guest speaker.

Clark is the grandson of a pioneering evangelist and son of a Pentecostal pastor and civil rights leader. He has embraced a philosophy that affecting positive change is not arbitrary; instead it is the result of assertiveness by those who would be adversely impacted.

From his youth, he served as Christ Temple’s youth director, Sunday school superintendent, then as trustee, director and pastor. Under his parents’ leadership, they instituted Erie’s first Martin Luther King Memorial services, including appearances by Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and the former Edinboro University of Pennsylvania President Frank G. Pogue.

Clark has brought in other luminaries in support of causes, such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jennifer Holiday of “Dream Girls” fame. As an officer of the City Wide Crusade, a nonprofit faith-based organization with affiliates in five states, he used his public relations background to manage conferences, hosting the Rev. Darrell Cummings, the Rev. Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Noel Jones and Bishop T. D. Jakes. In 2008, he founded and incorporated the Youth Literacy Project Inc. The organization, currently managed by his wife Mari Anne, has collected and distributed more than 13,000 books to inner city children. He is a founding member of Urban Erie Community Development Corp.

He is the founder and owner of MGC-ERIE, which is a marketing communications consulting firm where he has contracted with several Fortune 500 companies, and he is the pastor of Christ Temple Church.

Dinner will be served after the service.