Our Senior Minister/Pastor
Rev. Timothy Clarke
Reverend Timothy (Tim) Clarke was born in Tallahassee, FL as the 5th of 6 children.
He married his wife, Lucero in 2009.
Tim has a BS degree in Agricultural Business; a MS degree in Agricultural Economics with additional credits toward a PHD in that field. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from the Memphis Theological Seminary, and was ordained into the Disciples of Christ church in 2013.
He grew up in the Methodist church and became a lay pastor in 1994. In 2003 he became a full time pastor. During this time he discovered the Disciples of Christ Church and felt that was where he needed to be. From 2006 until 2012, he served his first Disciples of Christ church in Bells, Tennessee, until he accepted a position as Senior Minister at South Baldwin Christian Church, Foley, Alabama. In March 2019 he was called to Pensacola First Christian Church, where he now serves as the Senior Minister. After joining the Disciples his mother said, "He quit working for the church and began working for God."
He worked over 20 years in the farming industry and owned and operated a successful small sawmill until he felt God telling him – “You got everything you want; now it’s my turn."
Tim enjoys building; working a saw mill; grilling; and, everything to do with water - swimming, the beach, fishing with a friend, boating, etc. Music has always been an important part of his life --from hand bells in youth choir, bugler in Boy Scouts, baritone in school band, piano in high school, to acoustic guitar and singing these days. He believes God gave him many gifts, and he enjoys using them for the benefit of God’s glory and the Kingdom. This is what fulfills his life.
Tim believes that this life is a gift from God, and as with any gift – should be enjoyed out of respect for the giver of life, and that the ultimate enjoyment of life comes from the wholeness of having a relationship with God.
Tim knows and has experienced a lot of suffering and pain in his life, and knows we should carry one another’s burdens – but still believes in the joy of salvation and service. Tim loves to teach so that others can also deepen their joy of salvation and service. He believes in living his life as a tool for evangelism, and loves the feeling of helping someone out who needs him.