Pastor Henry L. McClendon, Jr.
Henry L. McClendon, Jr. is the second of four children born to Henry and Elizabeth McClendon, Sr. He is a product of the Detroit Public School system. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in June 1979 and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, where he graduated in August 1984.
Brother McClendon and his wife Cheryl married in April 1985. They are the proud parents of three adult children Henry III, Ashley, James and his wife Ashley.
Brother McClendon’s professional career includes: serving 10-years as a US Army Reserve Officer, seven years on the executive staff of former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, Sr., two years as Prison Fellowship’s Southeast Michigan Area Director and three years as Director of their prison aftercare initiative Transition of Prisoners (TOP). Director of Youth Development for New Detroit, Inc.; and a Program Officer for The Skillman Foundation.
Although he “grew up in the church” at Vernon Chapel AME, the defining moment in his life occurred in October 1976 when he received Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Brother McClendon’s appreciation for the Word of God was ignited and cultivated between the years 1979 and 1984 through the ministry of Pastor King A. Butler, Bible Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI. He was also encouraged during that period by the discipleship ministry of Brother Roderick Walker and involvement in the Campus Crusade for Christ, and Navigators ministries at Western Michigan University (WSU).
Brother McClendon attended Berean Chapel after graduating from Western Michigan in 1984. He later joined and served at Metropolitan Community Tabernacle after moving to Detroit’s east side. In 1987, Brother McClendon informed his pastor Brother William James Coleman of his desire to become a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Coleman encouraged Brother McClendon by mentoring him and providing opportunities to minister at Metropolitan until his passing in June 1988.
Brother McClendon was officially licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on May 31, 1989 by Metropolitan’s new Pastor, Elder George W. Washington.
During his twenty-one years at Metropolitan, Brother McClendon served in many capacities including: Preacher, Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Counselor, United Assemblies of Detroit Youth Conference Coordinator, and Workshop Leader. Additionally he served as a member of the Source of Light International Missions Team in the country of Jamaica. During this time he also became acquainted with and an advocate for the concept of Restorative Justice (an alternative response to crime that focuses on repairing harm and restoring relationships).
On Sunday, November 19, 2006, after much prayer and godly counsel, Brother McClendon was installed to serve as the sixth Pastor of Berean Chapel.