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Pastor Eric D. Clarke was born in Mt. Thompson on the island of Exuma in The Bahamas to Mr. Albert [deceased] and Mrs. Letticia Clarke. After completing high school in the Bahamas, he matriculated at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in Mandeville, Jamaica, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology in 1981. In 1993, he graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan with a Master of Arts degree in Religion.

Since entering full-time ministry in 1981, Pastor Clarke has served the Adventist Church in the Bahamas for 31 years as church pastor, conference communication director, conference youth director, and conference executive secretary. In addition, Pastor Clarke spent four years (2008-2012) in the Cayman Islands, serving as the president and education director of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

His contribution to the Bahamian community has included volunteering as a member of the Bahamas National Drug Council, Prison Fellowship Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People program, and the Ministry of Education’s scholarship committee. He also served as deputy chair of the National Youth Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Juvenile Panel for the Bahamas. He is a trained chaplain with the Ministry of Health, a marriage officer, and a justice of the peace.

Pastor Clarke’s love for evangelism has taken him to England, Nairobi, the USA, and the islands of the Caribbean.

In December 2015, Pastor Clarke was elected to the position of youth, personal ministries, and stewardship director for the Atlantic Caribbean Union comprised of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Pastor Clarke’s spouse, Patrice, is a registered nurse, midwife, and nursing sister. They have 3 adult children: Daran, Dannia, and Danesha.

The mission of the personal ministries department is to facilitate the provision of resources and to train the church leaders to unite their efforts in the proclamation of the gospel. The goal of the department is to enlist each leader and member in active service for the winning of souls for God.

Methods and Activities

Some of the ways in which the department meets its objective of winning, maintaining, and preparing men, women, young people, boys, and girls in our territory to meet Jesus include, but are not limited to:

• House-to-house Evangelism
• Distribution of Literature
• Bible Studies
• Organization and development of programs for the community services of the church
• Organization and development of the annual ingathering campaign
• Cooperating with the Sabbath School department in the organization and running of the Sabbath School classes
• Cooperating with the local church pastor in the organization, administration, and promotion of the small group ministries.