Bishop Joseph D. Clemmons, Sr., DMin.
Lady Fran Collier-Clemmons
Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC) was founded on June 25, 1973, by Rev. Joseph D. Clemmons, Sr. Rev. Clemmons arrived in the Norwalk area in 1960 at the direction of the late Bishop Charles H. Brewer, Sr. In 1973, Bishop Brewer appointed Rev. Clemmons to serve as the pastor of the Holy Temple COGIC. Later, Rev. Clemmons was led to plant Miracle Temple.
During this period that Rev. Clemmons closely aligned himself and his ministry efforts with the United Church of Christ (UCC), in which many UCC congregations opened their doors to Rev. Clemmons and his growing congregation. In those days, the church held services at Rowayton UCC, First Congregational Church on the Green, and South Norwalk Congregational Church. Trinity Episcopal Church extended an invitation to Rev. Clemmons and the congregation to hold services in its Parish Hall. While Rev. Clemmons was completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Colgate Rochester College, Trinity Episcopal Church was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1974.
Rev. Henry Yordon, the pastor of the First Congregational Church on the Green, encouraged Rev. Clemmons to continue his doctoral studies and hold his services in his facilities until he was able to find a permanent location. In 1975, Miracle Temple purchased its current house of worship, the former Trinity Episcopal Church. The United church of Christ assisted the congregation in financing the mortgage and rebuilding the facility. In 1979, Miracle Temple held its services in the lower level until it completed renovations and reconstruction in the main sanctuary.
After 40 years of pastoring, Bishop Clemmons retired, and on September 7, 2013, Dr. Jacob Kelly was selected and appointed to serve as pastor of Miracle Temple by Bishop Hester Bordeaux, the Prelate of Connecticut Second Jurisdiction COGIC until his pastoral reassignment to Kelly Temple COGIC in Harlem, NY in 2020. After an extended search process and earnest prayer, Rev. Devale Hodge of Minneapolis, MN was selected to serve as Miracle Temple’s third Pastor. Rev. Hodge was officially installed as the pastor on Saturday, May 22, 2021, by Bishop James Pullings, the prelate of Eastern New York First Jurisdiction COGIC.