This page is dedicated to the work and the ministry of the late, but great Dr. Mattie Moss Clark
Her daughters, The Clark Sisters have such a great and an anointed ministry together as individual. They are (from oldest to youngest):
Evangelist Jacquelyn Clark Chisholm-
Individual recording artist, and evangelist, choir director for New St. Paul Tabernacle COGIC of Detroit, Michigan and Director of the International Teen Choir of the Church of God In Christ
Pastor Denise Clark Bradford-
Pastor of the Feed my sheep, We are forgiven Church of Sacremento, California
Evangelist Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark-
Individual recording artist and evangelist, International organist for the Church of God In Christ, choir director, gifted song writer & composer
Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole-
Individual recording artist and Evangelist, Assistant Jurisdictional Supervisor, & Minister of Music for Southwest #1 of Michigan, District missionary for the Emmanuel District of the North Central Jurisdiction of michigan, 1st. Vice President of the International Music Deparment of the Church of God In Christ, and the ahead of the Women`s Department of Greater Emmaneul Institutional COGIC of Detroit
Evangelist Karen Clark Sheard-
Individual recording artist and evangelist,Pastor`s wife of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God In Christ, and Superintenden`t wife of the Emmanuel District of Detroit, Michigan
As you can see, Dr. Clark has passed her anointing down to her children. We miss you Mattie!!!!
(The Documents below are from The Clark Sisters website)
Dr. Mattie Juliet Moss Clark remains one of the most influential and important figures in the history and progression of gospel music, as well as in the annals of the Church of God in Christ. Her legacy has been imbedded in some of the most successful gospel artists including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Donald Vails, Commissioned, Esther Smith, Keith Pringle, Rev. Rance Allen, the late Rev. James Moore and her own daughters, The Clark Sisters. She taught that one should never try to sing, preach, teach, or reach without prayer, and that Christ must always be the center of attraction and the center of one¿s life.
Born the seventh of nine children to Fred Moss and Mattie Walker in Selma, Alabama, Mattie began playing the piano at age six. By age 12, she became the musician for her mother¿s services at the Church of Christ and Prayer. After high school, she attended Selma University and received training in classical music and choral singing while traveling with her mother and playing at her services.
In 1947, she moved to Detroit, Michigan to be with family. Later, she met and married Elder Elbert Clark and unto their union six children were born, five girls (Jacqueline, Denise, Elbernita (Twinkie), Dorinda, Karen) and one son, (Leo). There she became a member of Greater Love Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. Under the leadership of Bishop W. Rimson, she was baptized in the Holy Ghost and, subsequently, became the Minister of Music. She served a historic tenure as Minister of Music for both Southwest Michigan Jurisdiction and Bailey Temple Church of God in Christ, under Bishop John Seth Bailey. Soon she was in demand to train choirs at churches throughout the brotherhood of the Church of God in Christ.
In 1958, she recorded ¿Going To Heaven To Meet the King,¿ with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, becoming the first person to commit the sounds of a choir to record. She was also the first person in gospel music to separate vocal parts into soprano, alto, and tenor. She received three gold albums with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, and went on to write and arrange hundreds of songs and record over 50 albums. In addition to that, Dr. Clark was the first person to present a gospel choir at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York.
She directed Cadillac Motor Company¿s Christmas choir for eleven years and also conducted community-wide mass choirs for the prestigious NAACP Freedom Fund Dinners. In 1979, Dr. Clark founded the Clark Conservatory of Music, in Detroit, Michigan, which has established itself as one of the most prestigious schools of its kind in the country. In 1981, Trinity College in Pennsylvania gave to her one of their highest honors, the degree of Doctor of Humanity. After the death of Bishop Bailey in 1985, she continued as State Minister of Music for Southwest Michigan Jurisdiction #1, attending Greater Mitchell Church of God in Christ, under Bishop J.H. Sheard.
Dr. Clark has left a great mark in the Church of God in Christ. When the late Bishop J.O. Patterson appointed her International President of The Music Department of the Church Of God In Christ in 1968, she worked to instill within musicians and choirs a responsibility, as well as a loyalty to Christ. Throughout her efforts, many people received her message and were saved and uplifted by her music and teaching.
She completely revolutionized the music departments. She gave definition to the role of State Minister of Music, traveled around the world facilitating workshops, conducting rehearsals and concerts in order to help prepare choirs for service on the National Church level. She also organized the structure of the National Music Convention of the Church of God In Christ. Dr. Clark introduced the workshop and seminar concept to the convention, and along with her staff, structured classes for the convention and created ¿A Song Is Born.¿ She was also one of the editors and contributors to the hymnal published by The Church of God in Christ entitled ¿Yes, Lord.¿
Dr. Clark was diagnosed with Diabetes, but even as her health declined, she never lost the fire and passion for her mission. Dr. Clark passed on September 22, 1994 and entered the place reserved her in God¿s spiritual kingdom. In her life, she learned to give all she had with whatever God gave her and believed He would do the rest. An accomplished musician, singer, arranger, composer, leader, director, teacher, and anointed woman of God, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark built a legacy that will stand as a testament to the anointing of God and his gifts. What she accomplished is matched by only a handful of anointed vessels, cementing her standing as the true ¿First Lady¿ of gospel music.