The first born of eight children to the late Rev. Clifton,
Sr. and the late Luella Rhodes on October 25, 1943 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Reverend
Clifton Rhodes, Sr. moved his family to Grand Rapids in 1950.
In 1964 Clifton Rhodes, Jr. married Martha Brown and they
have two children Michelle and Troy and eight grandchildren.
Pastor Rhodes has six brothers, Sidney, Cleveland, Roosevelt,
Mitchell, Wendell, and Larry and one sister, Hattie.
Ministerial and Pastoral Appointments:
His Christian journey began when he accepted Christ as his personal
at the young age of nine. His ministerial journey began with
him serving as an Associate Minister from 1962 until 1972
at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church under the pastoral guidance
of Reverend Maurice Jones. During his time of fellowship
with Pilgrim Rest he also directed the choir, taught Sunday
School, and assisted with Junior Church. In 1972 Messiah
Missionary Baptist Church called him to Pastorship. On
August 20, 1972 he preached his first sermon as the Pastor of
Messiah Church. Rev. Dr. Clifton Rhodes, Jr. celebrated
his 41st Pastoral Anniversary at Messiah on August
A graduate of South High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 1971 received a Bachelors degree in Religious Education
from Grand Rapids Bible College and Seminary (presently known
as Cornerstone University). In 1980 received an In-Service
Masters in Religious Education from Grand Rapids Baptist Bible
Theological Seminary. In 1998 received a Doctor of Ministry
from Grand Rapids Baptist Bible Theological Seminary.
Religious, Civil and Social Affiliations
Founder of Grand Rapids REACH, Inc., an outreach ministry
of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church.
Teaching Instructor in the Minister's Division of
Wolverine State Congress
of Christian Education and Wolverine State Convention
Instructor in the Moderator's Division of
the National Baptist Convention, USA
President of Baptist Fellowship of Grand Rapids
Board Member, Grand Rapids Symphony
|Moderator of Chain Lake District
Board of Trustees at Cornerstone University
President of One Church One Child
President and Dean of the Inter Denominational Ministerial
Alliance of Grand Rapids
Awards and Honors:
|Presidents' Award Wolverine State Convention, 2003
Recipient of the GIANTS, H.C. Toliver Award
Recipient of Albert C.Keith Humanitarian Award, African
American Male Conference
Recipient of the Man of the Decade Award, Messiah Missionary
Cornerstone University, Alumnus Of The Year 1996
Recipient of the Students Together Against Racism Cultural
Diversity Award, East
Kentwood High School
And Many Others...
Personal Mission Statement:
As a professed man of God, I seek to reach out to the lost
(the non-believer) and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And
to present to the non-believer the blessed joy of having a
personal relationship with the Lord. Further, I am committed
to fervently edifying the life of the believer through the
clear teaching and preaching of the word of God.