Karen Clark-Sheard ministers in word, song at Pine Bluff

Evangelist Karen Clark-Sheard rocked the house Thursday night as she ministered in song and preaching at the Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention of the Arkansas First Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ.

The organization held its second convention Monday through Friday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The youngest daughter of renowned choral director Mattie Moss Clark and the Rev. Elbert Clark and the youngest of the Grammy Award-winning Clark Sisters, Clark-Sheard has earned her own place in the Gospel world with the solo album, “Finally Karen,” three other albums and her evangelistic work.

She also ministers with her husband, the Rev. John Drew Sheard, at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ in Detroit. They are the parents of Gospel recording artist Kierra “Kiki” Sheard and musician-producer John Drew Sheard II.

“Praise is what I do,” she proclaimed as she took the stage.

“It does not matter what circumstances one encounters, remember God is your protector,” she said.

Clark-Sheard speaks from experience. She was faced with a life-threatening crisis in 2001 when a blood vessel burst during hernia surgery. According to her biography, she also suffered a brain aneurysm and slipped into a coma that lasted 31/2 weeks. Although doctors gave her a 2 percent chance of survival, she recovered and continues to minister.

“Let your misery becomes your ministry. Then your life becomes a testimony,” she said.

Using the biblical character Job as a basis, she talked about the necessity of being “Stripped for God’s Glory.”

“The enemy will try to make us give in to temptation, but like Job, we can pass the test if we depend on

God,” she said. “Remember who your God is, and let the word take root.

“Job made it a lifestyle, and so can you. Then you can be an example to your children,” she said.

That, she said, is how the church can reclaim this world from the ills that beset society: drugs, homosexuality, drive-by shootings and prostitution, among other issues.

“Hook up with some folks who are going somewhere and make God a priority. He won’t leave you hanging.”