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.


Honors include:

  • Pastor of a Mega Church
  • Author
  • 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”
  • Recipient of the City of Birmingham Dedicating a Street as “Rev. Dr. Gregory L. Clarke Street” on March 29, 2016

Studies include:

  • 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)


  • 1892 The Church was established and has been located in nearly every section of Birmingham
  • 1950 The First Church in Birmingham to offer Daycare and Kindergarten, both continue today.
  • 1974 First Black Baptist Church in Birmingham to build a Mega Sanctuary.
  • 1987 First Baptist Church in Birmingham to have a Band every Sunday Service. Organ, Keyboard, Drums, Bass, Congo Drum, and Lead Guitar.
  • 1988 First Church in Birmingham to have a Mass Youth Choir with over 200 voices in the H.S. Mass Choir.
  • 1994-1998 First Birmingham Area Black Church to build a "Campus: (Daycare Building, Preschool Building, Elementary Building and Credit Union Building")
  • 1999 First and only Church Choir featured on the Official Governor's Christmas Stationary (Governor Don Siegelman)
  • 2000-2003 First and only Church Choir to receive three (3) consecutive "Best Church Choir" by voters of the Birmingham News
  • 2001 First Church in Birminghamto become "one" church "two" locations.
  • 2006 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.
  • 2007 First and only Church Choir in the State of Alabama to receive the Steve Harvey National "Hoodie" Award for "Best Church Choir in America."
  • 2012 First Church in the State of Alabama to confer a B.S. Degree (Bible Scholar) at a formal Graduation Exercise at Samford University

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   

Preaching 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. 

Prayer Highlights:

  • Inaugural Prayer for Governor Don Siegelman, Montgomery, AL. 
  • Opening Session for Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, D.C.

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

Bookings for preaching, speaking or consulting at:

Clarke Ministries
1740 Cleburn Avenue Southwest
Birmingham, AL 35211
(205) 925-9366
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New Hope Baptist Church

1740 Cleburn Avenue S.W.,

Birmingham, Alabama 35211

Phone & E-Mail

Church Phone: 205-925-9393

Email: newhopebirmingham@gmai.com

Service Times

9:00 a.m. - Sunday School

10:00 a.m. - Worship Service