General Overseer

Bishop Sam N. Clements, General Overseer

SamBishop Sam N. Clements was born on August 4, 1942 in Stewart County, Northwest Tennessee. He was raised on a small farm and is well acquainted with the hardships of rural life in Tennessee. At age 12 he came to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He joined the Church of God of Prophecy in 1955.

He accepted the call to full-time Christian service in 1962, received license as a minister the next year, and was ordained as a Bishop in 1972. In addition to his 28 years of pastoral ministry he was appointed State Overseer to Arkansas/Oklahoma and, later, to North Carolina, between 1993 and 2000. Recommended by his peers and approved by the full International Presbytery, he served as North American General Presbyter for 14 years (2000 – 2014). He has extensive experience working with the Church’s international, state, and regional boards and committees and has traveled widely throughout the United States and Canada, and outside North America, to the Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Europe, and South America. He completed studies at the Church’s Bible Training Institute and holds an honorary doctorate from Kingsbury Bible College in Florida.

At the 98th International Assembly Bishop Clements was accepted in “one accord” as General Overseer after being identified as a “leader among leaders” through the moving of the Spirit and the consent of the International Presbytery. His passion is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help in leading the Church of God of Prophecy into fulfilling the Great Commission in greater measure. He lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, with his wife, Linda Cathey Clements (married 1961). They are blessed with three sons: Greg, Gary (deceased), and Gerald, along with three beautiful daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren.


Office of the General Overseer
The office of the General Overseer is recognized within the Church of God of Prophecy as one that provides, to the membership in general and the leadership in particular, God-given direction to accomplish the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20) given by the Lord Jesus Christ. The General Overseer, selected (without ethnic preference) by and accountable to the International Assembly, should have freedom to exercise his spiritual giftedness and realize the potential for ministering as the Holy Spirit directs. His selection is in accordance with the one-accord principle.


General Overseers and Their Terms of Service


Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson

Milton Ambrose Tomlinson

Billy Dwayne Murray

Fred S. Fisher Sr.

Randall E. Howard

Samuel N. Clements

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