In December of 1976, Joshua A. McClure experienced a vision of faces, troubled and in pain, and felt compelled to give up a successful business to follow God’s heart for his people. In 1981 he was called as associate pastor of Pleasant Street Baptist Church, Westerly, RI, and in 1986 he became Senior pastor of Pleasant Street and served in that position for 27 years. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Barrington College, Barrington, Rhode Island, and studied at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, until the fall of 1987. Along with receiving the school's Biblical Studies award he served as President of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, and was nominated for the denominations man of the year award.
In 1989 Joshua founded Share The Vision Ministries, LLC, with the express goal of equipping churches with dynamic, Bible-based, Spirit filled Christian Education resource materials to transform and grow people into a deeper life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Awards and Recognitions
In The Spring of 2015 he earned a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, MA. In June of 2015 he was awarded the degrees of Doctor of Theology, and Doctor of Christian Education by The Evangelical Theological College of Africa, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Joshua A. McClure served as vice-moderator of the Greater Fellowship Baptist Association of Rhode Island and Vicinity, and in 2010 he was honored by the Rhode Island State Council of Churches as the recipient of their First Annual Heroes of Faith Life Achievement Award: Given to an individual who throughout her/his life has continually and consistently served the community from a perspective of hope and faith.
McClure is co-founder of Ezekiel Charitable Ministries a Non-profit service ministry for at risk members of the community, and co-founder of the North End Crime Watch and Community Development Inc., where he has been cited as a major force in the revitalization of the historic North End of Westerly. In addition he currently serves as Board President of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Pawcatuck, CT.
Joshua A. McClure’s published works include, four award winning books: Can These Bones Live?, Almost Persuaded, Now to Believe, The Crimson Thread of the Bible and Who Do You Say I AM? His other writings include a two year Church School Studies curriculum for all ages with an accompanying Teaching Guide, Workbook and Workbook Studies Guide as the core of a comprehensive integrated system of learning. He has published a Deacon Ministry training manual and more recently he published Faith and Vision 1874-2009: A history of The Pleasant Street Baptist Church, Westerly, Rhode Island.