Mother Clara Cuffee Cooper

The Pointe of Praise Family Life Center was originally called Saint Clara, which was named after Mother Clara Cuffee Cooper. Mother Cooper was a true woman of faith, who devoted her life to being a child of God. Clara Cooper was one of the original members of the Church of God in Christ when it was established in Kingston, New York in September of 1933.

Senior Pastor, James Childs

Dr. James L. Best of Newburgh, NY also founder and pastor of Best Temple COGIC, served as pastor of our church from 1949-1954, and from 1958-1969. Elder W.G. Cheatham of Albany served as pastor from 1954-1958. Our Senior Pastor, Elder James Childs was appointed pastor in 1969 by Dr. James L. Best (his father in the Lord) as pastor of Saint Clara Church of God in Christ in Kingston on January 12, 1969. He devotedly serves fulltime in the work of the ministry as Senior Pastor of Pointe of Praise Family Life Center.  Our church continues to grow, numerically and spiritually as a result of his leadership and ministry.

Pastor J.B. Childs

In November 2005 Elder James B. (J.B.) Childs was appointed to the position of Pastor and worked closely with his father and Senior Pastor, Supt. Jim Childs. With a creative, multi-media approach to ministry, together they forged the realization of a vision to expand and grow a diverse ministry that is inclusive of the many differences that exist in the Greater Kingston and Hudson Valley area.