St Clement’s began life in 1880 as a church plant from the neighbouring parish of St. Barnabas. Manchester was expanding rapidly as a city and Thomas Dickinson, the curate at St. Barnabas at the time, along with the minister John Noyes decided to plant a church in Higher Openshaw before new housing was built there so people would have somewhere to worship God. Thomas Dickinson became the first minister of St. Clement’s and served the church until 1919. His love for Jesus Christ and his desire for others to know God’s love and grace in their lives has set the tone of the church ever since. Below are a list of the ministers of St. Clement’s. One current member of the church Hilda Beebe still remembers Joseph Edmondson who appointed her as a Sunday School teacher in the 1930s.