Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

In Memoriam: Rev. Clay Evans


We received the sad news that Rev. Clay Evans, founder of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, evangelical broadcaster, gospel music legend, and chair of the African American Leadership Program (“AALP”) at McCormick Theological Seminary in the 1990’s, made his transition November  27. He was 94 years old. Congressman Bobby Rush, a McCormick AALP alum, called Rev. Evans “a prophet, a priest, and a pastor to both parishoners and pastors.” Dr. David Daniels , who helped launch the AALP with Rev. Evans, Rev. Dr. Leon Finney, and others and said, “Rev. Clay Evans was a leading Baptist pastor and major Civil Rights activist. Under his chairing of the AALP board of directors, McCormick was able to prepare a new generation of African American clergy and laity to work for social change as integral to the Christian witness.”

We offer our deepest sympathies to Rev. Evans’s family, the congregation at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Charles Jenkins, and the many, many people who loved and admired him. And we give thanks for his life among us and for life everlasting.