History of Divine Harmony Spiritual Church

Our beloved founder, Rev. Adele Clemens

Rev. Clemens was a prolific speaker and gave many lectures on metaphysical topics along with evangelical tours all across the country. She was the author of several books and pamphlets, among them a book on church candle services she co-authored with Mikhael Strabo, and a one-sheet entitled Following in His Footsteps. Reverend Clemens was a true pioneer in the spiritual church movement and her published methods on candlelight services are still influential today.

Later in life she gained further notoriety for her artwork which was exhibited all over the country. Despite having no formal training, she is credited with inventing new techniques in coloring, and her work garnered acclaim nationwide. Her brother John Clemens was a founding member of the Saxon & Clemens Art Gallery in New York City to which she made numerous contributions. She organized and led the Studio Artists Group in Wilkes-Barre for many years which offered instruction and guidance for aspiring artists, and she taught arts & crafts classes at the YWCA in Pittston, PA. Ms. Clemens exhibited her collection of antique frames and art in her own studio in Wilkes-Barre, where she also continued to hold private consultations.

She died on July 21, 1972 at her home in Wilkes-Barre, and was buried in Memorial Shrine Cemetery in Carverton, PA.

The Church Today

The current incarnation of Divine Harmony Spiritual Church opened its doors in Knoxville Tennessee, on June 17, 2016. The interior was lovingly realized from notes and drawings made by Reverend Saint Germain over the course of several years. All the interior work was performed by Reverend Saint Germain and his son.

The Chapel houses a collection of religious artifacts, curios, family heirlooms, and relics gleaned over the course of a lifetime. Divine Harmony Spiritual Church is designed for candle services both inside and out, with a passive-flow air system to ventilate smoke and fumes, a brick outdoor altar, and a stone patio for a-fresco services and readings. Since opening, Divine Harmony has hosted visitors from all around the world. Connected to the main Chapel are two auxiliary 8' x 8' buildings: the Black Hawk Power Shrine, and the Crystal Silence Shrine.

Today Divine Harmony Spiritual Church is still pastored by Rev. Jon Saint Germain, an ordained minister, spiritual counselor, healer and rootworker. He is on the Board of Bishops of the Association of Independent Spiritual Churches, a member of the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, and the Voice of the Crystal Silence League radio show and editor of of the Crystal Silence League newsletter.

Rev. Saint Germain was the Official Palm Reader for the 2008 Inaguaral Ball for President Obama!

Rev. Saint Germain is the author of several books. Among these are the Llewellen publications Karmic Palmistry, Runic Palmistry, and Palmistry for Lovers; and Crystal Magic, published by Independent Missionary Spiritual Church.

He is available for personal consultations and speaking engagements by appointment.

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The Tradition of the Spiritual Church

The spiritual church movement is an informal name for a group of loosely allied and also independent Spiritualist churches and Spiritualist denominations that have in common the fact that they have been historically based in the African American community.

Many of them owe their origin to the evangelical work of Leafy Anderson, a Black religious leader of the early 20th century who was born in Wisconsin and in 1913 founded the Eternal Life Christian Spiritualist Association. In 1920 she relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she demonstrated mediumship by bringing messages from her spirit guide Black Hawk, a historical war leader of the Native American Sauk tribe, who had lived near where she was born.

Although the churches founded by Anderson are often associated with New Orleans, the spiritual church movement has always been national in scope. It spread quickly throughout America during the 1920s, and one impetus for its diffusion was the fact that in 1922, the National Spiritualist Association of Churches expelled or made unwelcome all of its Black members.This led to the formation of a national group called the Colored Spiritualist Association of Churches, and within a few years there were Black Spiritualist churches in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and many other cities. During the decade preceding World War II, the Spiritual churches of New York City were well documented in print and film.

At the present time, the spiritual church movement encompasses primarily churches which are influenced by Protestant Christian worship styles, especially Baptist and Pentecostal praise music, as well as churches that contain a great deal of Catholic imagery, including the veneration of saints.