About Our Pastor


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Ps. 91:1-2, KJV)
Pastor Clement M. Lupton, III is a dynamic and powerful man of God who possesses extraordinary gifts in revealing the heart of God to his people. Like Jesus, he teaches with simplicity and conviction. Like Paul, he leads like a spiritual father. Like Nehemiah, he has a burning vision that people must follow.
Pastor Clement M. Lupton, III was born and reared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At an early age, Clement accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Young Clement joined the Deliverance Evangelistic Church at age fourteen and was the under study of its Founding Pastor, the late Pastor Benjamin Smith, Sr. Pastor Smith also served as young Clement’s mentor.
Clement began his ascent in church leadership in the youth department of Deliverance Evangelistic Church. Clement led the Sunday afternoon Youth Service for eleven years. Later Clement received appointment as the church’s Youth Pastor. Following this appointment, Clement was promoted to Assistant Pastor of Worship Services, eventually receiving appointment as Pastor of Worship Services. Clement served on the Executive Board of Deliverance Evangelistic Church and on the Board of Directors of Hope Plaza, Inc.; the church owned shopping center.
Pastor Lupton became Senior Pastor of Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church in November, 1996. Under his leadership, the church has experienced explosive growth. Over thirty new ministries were established. By 1999 a second morning service was added and a third service was added on Communion Sundays. Through Pastor Lupton’s leadership and inspired teaching and preaching, Beloved St. John outgrew its Lehigh Avenue location and in 2004 moved to its present location at 4541 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through Pastor Lupton’s leadership, a large capacity elevator was built onto the building debt free. In 2010 the mortgage on the building was paid in full.
Pastor Clement M. Lupton, III is the host of “Time of Decision” outreach ministries. This is the weekly television ministry broadcast on the WORD Network and daily on WMCN44.  The daily radio ministry is broadcast on WTMR AM and other stations.  These and the internet ministry are from the sanctuary of Beloved St. John Church. Pastor Lupton also appears on Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN).
Pastor Clement M. Lupton, III studied at Temple University School of Communication and Theatre and Urban Ministry at the Center for Urban Theological Studies, Geneva College. Pastor Lupton served on the Mayor’s Commission on Mental Health and currently serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males. Pastor Lupton serves as a Board member for The Center for Urban Theological Studies at Lancaster Bible College.