Pastor – Rev. Clarence P. Landry Jr.
Rev. Clarence P. Landry Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 21, 1952. Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana he was raised in the Lower Ninth Ward that is characterized by its’ architectural beauty of Creole Cottages, Victorian Doubles, Greek Revival and Italianate townhouses scattered in this historic district with establishments as early as 1726. After becoming a teenager my parents moved to another Ninth Ward community namely the Desire Housing Development where my Christian upbringing was challenged by living and growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods for a teenager as opposed to continually being raised in the quite Lower Night Ward. The apostle Paul said to Timothy “But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do (Timothy 3:14-17 NIV). My being raised in church was the catalyst for related church work and is a testimony of what training a child while they are young and when they are older they want depart from the way.
When I was twelve years old transitioning in becoming a teenager I had this yearning in my heart to preach and therefore I would pretend sometime to be my grandfather preaching in the pulpit. In fact, I use to love being around and talking to my grandfather because he always intrigued me especially his oratorical ability for preaching. In fact, months before his passing away in December 1971 I said (affectionately known to all of us in the family as Daddy), “Daddy the Lord has called me to preach” his response was, “When Daddy gets out of this wheel chair, because he was very ill “I will spend time with you to prepare for ministry.” Unfortunately, that did not happen and his passing away was tumultuous and confusing for me however, his life had a profound effect on my life even until this day.
Presently four generation of ministers of Baptist tradition since the late 1800’s was starting with my great grandfather Joseph H. Davis Sr., my grandfather Joseph H. Davis Jr. and now on my maternal side of the Davis family my mothers’ brother the Rev. John L. Davis where he is presently senior pastor of this historic Free Will Baptist Church serving this old Seventh Ward community. In fact, St. Joseph Freewill Baptist Church was one of the only places for Catechism to be held for African American Catholic School kids in the Faubourg Treme and Faubourg Marigny area in the early 40’s and 50’s. St. Joseph Freewill Baptist Church historically was named after its founder’s Joseph H. Davis, Sr. The original members Rev. William M. Conner, Robert Early, Sr., Thomas Macky, and John Frazier having worshiped in the homes of its members finally purchased its first piece of property that is located at its present location 1523 Touro St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 April 4, 1946.
Rev. Clarence P. Landry, Jr. has a rich history of Christian experience and Baptist heritage and continued formal education with a Bachelor of General Studies in Pastoral Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Levell College, a Master of Arts in Christian Education Thesis is “A Character Education Day Care and Preschool Curriculum for Multicultural Children.” From The Interdenominational Theological Center/Morehouse School of Religion. Presently Rev. Landry is pursuing a Philosophy of Doctorate (PH.D.) in Public Policy & Administration Sustainable Communities with a Specialization Community Development at Walden University and the Doctor of Education Ministry (D.Ed. Min.) in Pastoral Ministries with a specialization in Community Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.