Rev. James C. Clements
Rev. James C. Clements became the pastor of Shy Temple Christian Methodist in June 2017. Previously he has served as Pastor of Trinity CME (Toccoa, GA), an Associate Pastor at Greater Love CME (Tacoma, WA), St. Paul CME (Lone Oak, GA) and Pastor of Brinson Chapel CME (Greenville, GA). Pastor Clements is a retired member of the United States Army with over 29 years of combined military service enlisted and as an officer in the Armor Branch. He has taught school in both the Meriwether County Schools and Coweta County School Districts. Pastor Clements also served as a Senior Patrol Officer with the Atlanta Police Department for over nine years. During his tenure as a Patrol Officer, Pastor Clements was featured on the television show “Cops.” Pastor Clements was ordained Elder and entered into full connection in 2015. He was named Pastor of the Year 2015 for the Sixth Episcopal District and Pastor of the Year for the Elberton-Gainesville District 2016.
Pastor Clements is a 1986 graduate of Greenville High School. He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of West Georgia, a Masters of Arts in Administration from Central Michigan University, Master of Divinity from Luther Rice University and Seminary and currently in pursuit of a Doctoral of Ministry in Pastoral Care from Liberty University. Pastor Clements is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Theta Nu Lambda Chapter in LaGrange, GA, Black Christian Men Association of Toccoa, Whitman Street Action Foundation (Secretary), 6th Episcopal District Trustee, and Treasurer for the Georgia North Region of the 6th Episcopal District.
Pastor Clements has four children: Sanchez, D’Ante (DJ), Khiry and Jamesia and one grandchild, Khloe Michelle. He resides in Newnan, GA. His parents are James A. and the late Annie Ruth (Brown) Clements. A true Country Boy, Pastor Clements was raised in Luthersville, GA (Meriwether County). His passion is working with the youth. Many have invested in him, it is now God’s will for him to invest into God’s Chosen Generation. His favorite passage is Jeremiah 29:11-14; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”