Meet the Board: Farland Clark

Out of all of the hats I wear, husband and dad are by far my favorites! Julie and I will celebrate our 29th anniversary this month.  In addition to being married, we serve together on staff at the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas, TX.  I really am thankful to travel this journey with her both as husband and co-worker!  We have two boys,  Hayden (19) just completed his freshman year at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX.  He plays for the HSU baseball team and is studying business management.  Our youngest son, Blaise (14) is finishing his 8th grade year at Dallas Christian.  Like his brother, he has a deep love for baseball and thoroughly enjoys playing the game.  We are by most definitions, a “baseball family”!

I have spent 29 of the last 30 years serving full time on the ministry staff of 5 churches. Three of those churches were within the first 6 years of having graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1988.  I have served the other two over the last 23 years, having just started year 13 at Preston Road. During that span, I have served as youth minister, preaching minister, a day school director, and for almost 20 years a children’s minister.  Most recently, (Fall 2017) I transitioned at Preston Road from being the Children’s Minister to the Connections Minister.  My responsibilities now include adult spiritual formation, member engagement, and pastoral care.

WHY Eleven:28? During that same 30 year time span, I have witnessed a large number of ministers, many of whom I considered friends, burn out or walk away  because there was no place or avenue to provide soul and emotional care for them as ministers.  The truth is, many ministers did not even realize the toll the job was taking on them until it was too late.  And, if I’m being honest, I have been at that point personally several times over the last 30 year.  I have also seen passionate ministers who love being used by God in the role of full time ministry be abused and discarded by the churches they love deeply.  Often times, these wounded individuals had no place to go for healing and restoration.

I am privileged to serve on the board of Eleven:28 because I believe deeply in its mission to provide soul care and restore rhythm to the lives of those who give much to so many! Ministers need a place that is dedicated to caring for them!  I am thankful for the part I am able to play in making that a reality.

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