Marie Clark was born to the union of the late Emmanuel
Clark, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Clark on August 25, 1942 in Baton
Rouge, LA. She was a graduate of McKinley High School in Baton Rouge,
LA and Word of Faith Bible College under the leadership of Sister
Valerie Owens of Irving, TX. She received Christ at an early age
and was baptized by her grandfather, the late Superintendent James
Stampley, Sr. of Baton Rouge #2 Church of God in Christ, who before
departing this life passed the mantle to his granddaughter, Edith
1972, at the age of 30, she encountered the resurrected Lord and
was commissioned into the five-fold ministry according to Luke 4:18-19
"the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to
the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the
acceptable year of the Lord." She was a pioneer in the establishment
of one of the first independent interdenominational ministries founded
upon the word of God. Ephesians 4:11-12 "and he gave some, apostles;
and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." She was equipped
in the five-fold ministry and the manifestation of the nine gifts
of the Spirit was in full operation in her life.
1975, God united two families by joining Edith Marie Clark in marriage
to Jim Henry Howard. Together, they worked hand
and hand to raise nine children and nurtured by the Heart of God,
the Body of Christ. By profession, they were caregivers, and by
the Spirit, shared the best of themselves and their substance with
their family and anyone they came into contact with. Pastor Howard's
character captured the very essence of the gift of love. Her embrace
was an extension of God's love and unmerited favor toward us. She
was passionate about life and encouraged all to experience all that
God has given: "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1).
Howard was a woman of spiritual excellence and integrity with a
powerful prophetic anointing unlike anyone else we've ever encountered.
As an inspired speaker of faith, healing, and prosperity, the miraculous
frequented our services, our homes and our fellowships. She has
seeded into countless lives and the fruits of her labor can be seen
in many ministries throughout Baton Rouge, various states, and some
foreign countries. She stood as a bold preacher by the anointing
of God and declared the uncompromised word of Life. Pastor Howard
was inspired to develop classes and programs to encourage spiritual
maturity and to educate believers of all ages and all walks of life.
She was the founder of the Achieve to Succeed Adult Day Care Center
for the elderly. Under her guidance, many extensions were birthed:
Spiritual Development, Free and Not in Bondage, Evangelistic Ministry,
God's Children with a Destiny, and Sign Language.
fulfilled her commission according to Matthew 28:19-20 "wherein
God commanded her to Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Pastor, Jim Howard is the son of the late Ms. Nannie Guess. In 1975,
he was united with the love of his life and partner in Christ, the
late Edith Marie Clark. Together, they worked hand and hand to raise
nine children and traveled extensively to foreign countries and
numerous states in the U.S. sharing the "Good News of the Gospel."
the direction of the Holy Ghost, Pastor Howard worked along side
his wife to nurture the Body of Christ. Pastor Howard is best noted
for salvation, love, faith, healing, and deliverance messages, which
have touched the hearts of thousands.
to feast upon the word that we may grow...go...and glow in the things
of God that the works of our hands may be established in Him, Pastor
Howard passed the mantle to Pastor Guevara Johnson.
wise man will increase learning... and a man of understanding will
attain unto wise counsel...Proverbs 1:5