Rev. Dr. LaCreta M. ClarkREV. DESMON R. DANIEL

lmclark@svsu.eduRev. Dr. LaCreta M. Clark is an Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and currently serves as Associate Pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church where the Rev. P. David Saunders is Pastor.

Dr. Clark is a dynamic preacher, revivalist, vocalist, speaker and facilitator. Some of her presentations include: “Life Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles”, “Making Healthy Choices”, “Reclaiming Life Through Recovery”, and “Let’s Dance: Tapping Into Our Spirituality”. Her life work and ministry have been birthed out of her life experiences, and it is her mission to share the saving, miraculous power of God with the world. Dr. Clark has preached across this country in Women’s Conferences, Revivals, and churches, breaking denominational barriers to reach souls for Christ.

Dr. Clark has an Associate Degree in Business Management from Sinclair Community College; a Bachelor of Science Degree, and Master of Science Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, with a focus on Community Counseling, from Wright State University. Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton in 2003, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Urbana University in December 2006, where she served as Baccalaureate Speaker for Commencement.

Dr. LaCreta M. Clark is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Services at Saginaw Valley State University. She formerly served as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Services. In this capacity, she focused on the training and proficiency of adjunct and new faculty, in understanding today’s college students, instruction and assessments, and cultural responsiveness as a foundation for the faculty mentoring relationship with students. Her primary areas of research are; School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Ethical Decision Making in Educational Leadership, and Leadership Theory and Practice.

In July, 2009, Dr. Clark published a chapter on Parental Involvement in the Secondary Classroom, in the textbook, Teachers and Society. She is currently working on two books; one about her personal life journey, and one on promising parenting practices for black families.

Dr. Clark is “intentional mother” of four active sons, Marquis Jr., Marquin, Marlin, and Marshawn. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Nona Rutledge.

Dr. Clark’s living motto is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Rev. Thelma Williams

twilliams@bethelame-saginaw.orgThelma Ragland was born in Louisa County, Virginia on August 1, 1949, the fifth of eleven children. She graduated from A.G. Richardson High School in Louisa, Virginia. She had her first daughter, Sonya, after which she attended Norfolk University graduating with a B.S. degree in Special Education. She taught at Louisa County High ScRev. Thelma Williamshool for three years. She also attended Central Michigan University and has been teaching in Saginaw, Michigan for 27 years. 

Mrs. Thelma Hughes married Harold Williams and had two other children (Raven and Crystal) and three grandchildren (China, Calvin III and Anwar, Jr.).

Mrs. Williams answered her call to the ministry in November of 1999.  She was admitted to the Michigan Conference in August of 2000. She was ordained Rev. Thelma Williams, Itinerant Deacon in August of 2002 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Rev. Williams currently serves as an Associate Minister to Pastor Saunders. She assists with the order of service, Communion, hospital visitations, funerals and other areas as needed. She is also an advisor to the youth usher board, a substitute teacher for the Christian Education Department, trainer/mentor for youth in the church and a volunteer for Vacation Bible School.

Rev. Williams’ favorite quotes are: “Kindness never hurts anyone, in fact, it just might save your life some day” ; and, “If I can help somebody as I travel along the way, my living will not be in vain”. Her favorite scriptures are Romans 8:37 – “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us and I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Rev. Williams’ greatest desire is that everyone would develop and keep a personal relationship with Christ….that none shall perish and everyone will be saved.