Born September 8, 1959 in Tacoma WA to Roger and Janice Clark, I was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Puyallup, WA. My wife Cheri and I have four married children and six grandchildren.
My seminary training was completed at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma, WA June 2000 with earned BST and M. Div. degrees. Other advanced studies include music, business management, productivity improvement, organizational development and clinical pastoral education. Formal Seminary training began in June 1993 while working full time at the Boeing Airplane Company.
After 20 years of lay ministry in every area of Christian ministry including teaching and preaching as encouraged by my pastor and elders of my congregation, I was asked to apply for certification for public ministry in this Lutheran Church Missouri Synod through the Colloquy process in May, 2002. My application was formally accepted by the Synod Colloquy Committee in September 2002. I was fully certified for public ministry and eligible for call December 5, 2002.
St. John Lutheran Church, Eagle Point, OR extended a divine call to me March 2003. I was ordained June 15, 2003 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and installed June 22, 2003 at St. John Lutheran Church where I continue to serve God by serving His people in community through His means of grace.
In addition I have served as pastoral advisor for Green Mountain Outdoor Recreational Worship Ministries for 8 years and Circuit #1 Counselor for the Northwest District two terms beginning 2005. I served on the Northwest District floor committee for the 2009 District convention. I also served on the Oregon pastors conference program committee for three years.
I have a passion for preaching and teaching people about God’s love for all people and his gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. I am deeply grateful that God chose to pay the price for the sins of all people by offering His Son as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. His gift of the Holy Spirit indwelling all who have received his gift of grace through baptism and the body and blood of Christ, compels me to encourage all who are commissioned in their baptism to accept and live in their God given role as God’s priesthood of believers, sent into the world of sin to shine the light of Christ where ever He sends us.
To God be the Glory,
Gary L. Clark, pastor St. John Lutheran Church, Eagle Point OR