Preaching: A Selvidge Legacy
John Selvidge was our church's 6th pastor. He served seven months, from April to November of 1889. The church had hired Alvin Bertram as its pastor following the death of Joseph Denton. Bertram served for 17 months before stepping down so he might preach at various other churches. Bro. Bertram was back as pastor in January of 1890. John Conway Jefferson Selvidge was born on March 14, 1838 and died on Jan. 21, 1915 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Powell Selvidge (1860 - 1945).
John's son, James David Selvidge, was the 12th pastor of Clear Fork. He served from February of 1934 to December of 1936, for a total of two years and ten months. He is a rarity, in that he was born in Clinton County. Most of our church's pastors were born elsewhere. James Selvidge was pastor at Stony Point Baptist Church for 26 years. He also pastored at Beech Bottom Baptist Church. James was born on May 22, 1876 and died on June 12, 1959. He was married to Usley Sounders Selvidge (1877 - 1944) and is buried at Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello.
James Selvidge's brother, John W. Selvidge, was also a preacher. John W.'s grandson, Wendell Selvidge, was the uncle of Clear Fork members Mike and Sandi Rogers.