Our Legacy



        Shortly after the Civil War, under the leadership of Reverend Joe James and Deacons Lewis Thomas, C.Y. Thomas and Los Rhinehart, a small log cabin on Eufola Road opened its doors as Thomas Baptist Church.  The church was named after the Thomas brothers who, at the time, were the only African American landowners in the community.

         In 1885, the church experienced a number of significant changes.  Mr. Joe Sherrill, husband of the former Miss Maggie Thomas, was added to the deacon board, the church relocated a quarter of a mile to its present location, a small wooden plank building was erected, and renamed, Clark’s Chapel. The name was chosen to recognize the original owner, Mr. William Clark, a white friend of the Thomas and Sherrill families.  A year later, the trustees’ attained a clear deed from Mr. Clark and the church was finally in a position to grow. 

        Upon the death of Reverend James, the members called Reverend Lee Ramseur to pastor Clark’s Chapel. Rev. Ramseur served faithfully for approximately eighteen years. During his tenure, Clark’s Chapel joined with several area Baptist churches to form the Mountain and Catawba Missionary Baptist Association, August 1904. Between 1920 and 1976, as America experienced tumultuous changes, Clark’s Chapel flourished under the guidance of Reverends J.W. Caldwell and J.C. Graham.                             

        During Reverend Caldwell’s fourteen years of service, the Odd Fellows of the Eufola Lodge laid the first cornerstone.  In 1935, Rev. J.C. Graham was called to pastor.  For more than forty years, Rev. Graham navigated the flock through tremendous social changes and oversaw the renovation of the church.

        In September 26, 1976, Rev. Vernon Thompson was called to pastor the flock.  During his four years of administration, the churches programs were revised to reflect the needs of the community.

         In November of 1980, after serving six months as interim pastor, Rev. Charles B. Mingo was elected as pastor of Clark’s Chapel.   During Mingo’s 33-year tenure, the church grew spiritually and physically. Evidence of the church’s physical growth includes the dedication of two sanctuaries (1989 and 2008), purchase of 32 acres of land, expansion of ministry programs, and the renovation of the J.C. Graham Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Mingo retired in November 2012. Rev. Mingo serves the church as pastor emeritus.

       On February 15, 2014, Reverend Dr.  Dietrich Morrison-Danner was elected as the 13th pastor of Clark’s Chapel.  Dr. Danner assumed his new duties on March 23, 2014.  Building upon the its rich legacy, Clark’s Chapel is “ONE CHURCH: ONE COMMUNITY  - Transforming Lives in the Heart of the Community.”




Charles Sharpe, Sr., Chair

Jay Grimes, Vice-Chair

Ronnie Grimes

Leslie Gray

William M. Jones, Jr.

Luther Moten

David Thompson

Walter Waddell

Kevette Weaver



Leon Ijames, Chair

Kenston J. Griffin, Vice-Chair

Tyris Bailey, Financial Officer

Harvey Everhart

Homer Grant

Charles James

Raymond Mayfield

Nelson Miller

William Morrison

Jimmie Murdock



Tabatha Weaver, Chair

Ann Griffin, Vice-Chair

Cheryl Byers

Carrie Bell Gray

Jerri Grimes

Ethel Grimes

Inola Jones

Edith Odom

Bobby Etta Sharpe

Irene Sharpe

Polly Thompson



Minister Aleen Alexander

Reverend Jerome Byers

Minister Barbara Gray

Reverend Winford Griffin

Minister Vernon Odom



Clark's Chapel Baptist Church

806 Eufola Rd

Statesville, NC 28677

Phone: 704 872-6001

E-mail: ccbc1885@gmail.com

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