Dr. Gregory L. Clarke by Divine Appointment, in 1986, became the tenth pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. He is a skilled administrator with Bible Centered convictions, a compassionate spirit, as well as, an anointed preacher/teacher.

Beyond the church, Dr. Clarke has established for the community a Food Pantry and Meal-on- Wheels to serve the needy; a Senior Citizens Recreation Center for activity daily with seniors; Senior Apartments for independent living seniors; a Prison Ministry for the incarcerated and a weekly Television Broadcast for the shut-in.

Despite numerous responsibilities, Dr. Clarke is a devoted husband (Regina) and father of four children and eight grandchildren.

Preaching & Prayer Highlights

Goodstreet Baptist; Dallas, Texas, Dr. C.A.W. Clark, Pastor

National Baptist Convention 121st Session, Philadelphia, PA.

25th Anniversary Dr. John T. Porter, Sixth Ave. Baptist, B'ham, AL.

Four Continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa)

Gospel Music Workshop of America 49th ConventionHistoric 1st Baptist Church Selma, AL.

Inaugural Prayer for Governor Don Siegelman, Montgomery, AL.

Opening Session for Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, D.C.

Baptismal Highlights

Over 1,000 at New Hope Baptist Church

Baptized 58 in the Jordan River, Jerusalem, Israel

Baptized in the First Baptismal Service of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. (1994) 114th Session

5,945 people have joined since I've been Pastor



Pastor of a Mega Church

Superintendant of a Private Christians School System

Former President of a Federal Credit Union

Former President of a Community Payment Center

Former President of Senior Housing Complex

Former Owner of Clarke Company Mortgage Company, Inc.

Recipient of F.B.I. “Community Service Award”

Recipient of NAACP “Medgar Evers Economic Empowerment Award”

Street dedication  “Rev. Dr. Gregory L. Clarke Street” on 03.29.16


Bachelor of Science Degree- Birmingham Southern College (Finance Major)

Post Graduate- Harvard University, School of Divinity-Summer Leadership Institute

Post Graduate – Boston University, School of Theology- Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence Program (Two year study program)



The Church was established and has been located in nearly every section of Birmingham


The First Church in Birmingham to offer Daycare and Kindergarten, both continue today.


First Black Baptist Church in Birmingham to build a Mega Sanctuary.


First Baptist Church in Birmingham to have a Band every Sunday Service. Organ, Keyboard, Drums, Bass, Congo Drum, and Lead Guitar.


First Church in Birmingham to have a Mass Youth Choir with over 200 voices in the H.S. Mass Choir.


First Birmingham Area Black Church to build a “Campus: (Daycare Building, Preschool Building, Elementary Building and Credit Union Building”)


irst and only Church Choir featured on the Official Governor’s Christmas Stationary (Governor Don Siegelman)


First and only Church Choir to receive three (3) consecutive “Best Church Choir” by voters of the Birmingham News


First Church in Birminghamto become “one” church “two” locations.


First and only Church in the State of Alabama to receive a $3-million-dollar Grant from the United States Health and Human Service Dept. to teach “Abstinece” in the Birmingham School System, Grades 7-12.


First and only Church Choir in the State of Alabama to receive the Steve Harvey National “Hoodie” Award for “Best Church Choir in America.”


First Church in the State of Alabama to confer a B.S. Degree (Bible Scholar) at a formal Graduation Exercise at Samford University