REV. ALBERT CLARK THOMAS - An exceptional career in the ministry is that of the Rev. Albert Clark Thomas, one
of the chaplains of New York University, and minister of the Creston Avenue Baptist Church. He was born May 2,
1886; in Burma, India, of missionary parentage. His father, the Rev. Willis Frye Thomas, was an American citizen,
born of American parents residing in India, where the son likewise passed his life. His mother was Emma L. (Upham)
Albert Clark Thomas came to the United States at the age of eleven. He was educated first in Burma at the hands
of his mother. In this country he attended the public schools in Boston, and was graduated from Brown University
in the class of 1909. He entered the Newton Theological Seminary at Newton, Massachusetts, after leaving Brown,
and was graduated in 1911. He was ordained to the ministry the same year in St. Louis, Missouri, and became assistant
minister of the Second Baptist Church of St. Louis, where he continued until 1916. He came to Brooklyn in 1916
as director of the Community House of the Emanuel Baptist Church, and continued for four years, until 1920. In
the latter year he came to his present charge in The Bronx and to New York University. The Creston Avenue Baptist
Church owns a building, housing the pastor and stores, which is operated through a holding company, in keeping
with the modern tendency.
Mr. Thomas was active in the World War as chaplain of the 306th Field Artillery, 77th Division. He saw service
overseas in the Vosges Sector, and the Oise Aisne offensive; also the Meuse Argonne offensive. He was in France
more than a year, or exactly from April, 1918, to May, 1919. He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta College Fraternity;
of the American Legion; chaplain of the 306th Field Artillery Post, and member of the Clergy Club of New York.
He has been president of the Baptist Ministers' Conference of New York; of the Southern New York Baptist Association;
and is now president of the New York State Baptist Pastors' Conference.
The Creston Avenue Baptist Church, of which he is the pastor, was organized in 1905. Its growth has been an important
factor in the development of Fordham, and unusual from 1910 to 1920, when two important building projects were
initiated, and completed in 1924.
Rev. Thomas was married, June 23, 1913, in St. Louis, to Minnie Bertha Mansfield, who died in 1921. She was the
daughter of William Judson and Emma (Walton) Thomas, both since dead. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas became the parents of
Robert Mansfield, born October 21, 1915; and of Avery Lee, born Febuary 25, 1921; died June 16, 1921. The address
of the Rev. Mr. Thomas is No. 114 East One Hundred and Eighty eighth Street, The Bronx.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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