Rev. Thomas A. Barclay, Sr.
Elder Thomas A. Barclay, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Progressive Beulah Pentecostal Church in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife of over 34 years, Lady Yvette P. Barclay, have labored together to build God’s church and His people.
In 1979, Pastor Barclay received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and, in 1981, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University. He received post-graduate certification from Yale University. For 18 years, he held leadership positions with Youth Guidance, a social service agency that works with elementary and high school faculty, staff and students. He worked for DePaul University Urban Education Department as an Education Consultant.
Elder Barclay was ordained in 1992 with the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc (UPCAG). He served several years as the National Youth Director. He credits much of his spiritual development to his parents, the late Bishop Fitz and Mother Geraldine Barclay.
In 1995, Elder Barclay succeeded his father as Senior Pastor of Progressive. Right away, God called him to move outside the church walls to reach people in the streets. In 1999, God directed him to full-time pastoral ministry, and called him to move outside the church walls to reach people in the streets. His focus continues to be on evangelizing individuals who battle problems such as life-controlling substances abuse, prostitution, alcoholism and homelessness.
In 2009, Elder Barclay was elected as the International Presiding Elder of the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc. (UPCAG). Under his leadership, through his obedience to the voice of the Lord, the Council has experienced monumental expansion. His profound impact on the organization led to his reelection in 2015.
Pastor and First Lady Barclay are the proud parents of three beloved adult children: Thomas Anthony II (Eta), Priscilla Antoinette (Scott), and Dakarai Antoine, and grandparents of two: Elias Matthew and Sophia Joy.