Rev. Paul Clark
- Fresno, CA
Campus Ministry at California State University Fresno
What brings you joy in your ministry?
Preaching. Breaking bread. Empowering students.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
My seminary adviser, Patricia Lull. My many colleagues who share joys and sorrows and great ideas. My two closest friends from seminary (we still try and talk on the phone once a week.) Theological "conversation" partners (aka authors) such as Andrew Root, Walter Brueggemann, James Loder, Martin Luther (yes, cliche, but the truth!), Chris Stedman (he's actually a humanist, but his work of interfaith bridge-building is inspiring!)... just to name a few.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
Coffee (I'm a hard core coffee aficionado; though I'll drink whatever people give me). Cello. Reading. Writing. Geeky board games and Dungeons and Dragons. Adorable puppies (though I have no pets).
Best meal you've ever eaten?
Yogurt, muffins, furit, and coffee on a private mountain creekside deck.
I grew up in Maple Grove, MN (part of the Minneapolis area). I went to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, and attended Luther Seminary. I served an internship in Evergreen, CO; first call in Minnetonka, MN; and now my second call in Fresno, CA.
Did you always want to be clergy?
Never! The thought never crossed my mind until senior year of high school. I spoke at a donor thank you event for the Bible camp I had attended and would soon be working at, and all the adults told me that I had done a great job and should be a pastor. But I ignored them. It took a few more tugs and some serious reflection before I embraced the call my senior year of college.