Pastor Steve Clark's Bio
I grew up the son of a pastor in Rhode Island. After I lost my mom to cancer at the age of five, I spent my early childhood wrestling with a lot of doubts and uncertainty about my faith – but through the ministry of my church, God met me in my brokenness, and I came to know Jesus and how he changes lives. I soon began to sense a call to pastoral ministry to share that truth with others. I have pursued that call ever since: to know Christ, and to use my gifts to bring others into the joyful adventure of knowing him.
I graduated from Cedarville University in 2016, where I felt that call to ministry affirmed. I was elected as a student chaplain and spoke regularly for two years to the student body in chapel. My ministry at Cedarville made it clear to me that there was no way I would rather spend my life than preaching God’s word and discipling people through his Word. Following graduation and a brief and bewildering wilderness sojourn as a youth ministry intern near Seattle, I began my Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the fall of 2016, graduating May of 2019. Throughout seminary that call was solidified and affirmed in various ways; I had the privilege to return home and lead the youth ministry program that I grew up in, along with attending two six-week mission trips to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and received a Pastoral Ministry award upon graduation.
As I explored my options for ordination to pastoral ministry, I developed strong relationships with two mentors and professors affiliated with ECO (a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians). I realized I resonated deeply ECO’s vision: to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus. As I began the ordination process with ECO, I sent out my very first pastoral application: to a small church in Upstate New York that attracted me with its strong missional mindset, intergenerational desire, and heartfelt, simple community. As it would turn out, that email arrived in an elder’s inbox five minutes before the pastoral search committee’s meeting – and the rest is history!
Over the years I’ve served in several ministry capacities, from being a deacon in my church, to working as a camp counselor, to being a youth director in a couple churches, to participating in and leading short-term overseas mission trips. Without a doubt, I can say I’m most excited of all to step into pastoral ministry with this loving community at First Presbyterian Church in Corinth – and I’m excited to watch how God’s loving, faithful hand keeps directing all of our journeys.