2020 Celebrating Black History Month
Community Leadership Awards
Feb 22, 2020
Ollie B. Clemons, Jr.
Ollie Byron Clemons, Jr., is a gifted leader, speaker, and a strong advocate for hard work and community organization. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he moved to Atlanta in 1997 to attend Georgia State University.
He joined the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church that year and embarked on his journey of activity in church ministry and leadership, which over the years has included the men’s usher board, the deacon board, and the elder board. He believes his serving as Head Elder was the beginning of his calling to lead. In addition to serving as Heald Elder, he also currently serves as president of the 501(c)3 non-proﬁt board for the Berean Outreach Ministry Center, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Berean Village, and chairman of the Lay Advisory Council for the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
In 2005, Elder Clemons and his family moved to Austell, Georgia. His desire to stay informed about his subdivision and the wellbeing of the surrounding community led him to serve as president of his Home Owner’s Association and to begin regularly attending the Austell City Council meetings. The former Mayor encouraged him to run for City Council after observing his interest in the city at large. After much prayer and discussion with his wife, Elder Clemons ran for Austell City Council in 2013, a race in which he received 70% of the vote.
While serving on the City Council, Elder Clemons was asked to serve as mayor pro tem while concurrently working full time for the United States Postal Service, a profession from which he eventually retired in 2015 as a senior sales executive after 33 years of service. In 2017, he campaigned and won a second term on the Austell City Council. During his second term, he was involved in many community organizations, including the Georgia Municipal Association, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Austell Community Collaborative, CTI Advisory board with Atlanta Public Schools, and the South Cobb Rotary.
In 2018, the mayor of Austell went into early retire-ment and Elder Clemons became the interim mayor. He decided to campaign in the mayoral race against three other candidates and demonstrated persistence and determination throughout the race. To God be the glory that he was victorious and won with over 54% of the vote. This election was an historic event for the city of Austell in that not only was he the ﬁrst mayor elected in 30 years, but he also was the ﬁrst African American to serve in the mayoral seat in the city of Austell.
Elder Clemons and his wife, Valerie, who serves as the assistant church clerk, have ﬁve children and ﬁve grandchildren. And because of his role in church and civic leadership, Elder Ollie Clemons, Jr., has been named a Berean SDA Church Black History Month honoree.