Ken Clarke (bishop)

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Kenneth Herbert Clarke (born 23 May 1949) is the current Mission Director of SAMS UK & Ireland. He was Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh from 2001 until 2012.

Clarke grew up in Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland and was educated at Sullivan Upper School and Trinity College, Dublin,[1] and ordained in 1972, his first posts were curacies at Magheralin and Dundonald.[2] He then served as a missionary in Chile, following which he was Rector of Crinken Church, Dublin,[3] and then Rector of Coleraine and Archdeacon of Dalriada before elevation to the Episcopate as the 17th Bishop of the Church of Ireland United Diocese.

Bishop Clarke is married to Helen and they have four daughters.[4]

Bishop Clarke became a patron of the Iona Institute in 2014.[5][6] He is a supporter and patron of the New Wine Group.


  • Going for Growth by Ken Clarke (2011)


  1. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  3. ^ Church web site
  4. ^ Bishop Ken Clarke Worldwide Mission.
  5. ^ Former Church of Ireland bishop becomes Iona Institute patron by Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times, May 21, 2014.
  6. ^ News Extra - Bishop Ken Clarke becomes Iona Institute patron Church of Ireland Gazette – 30th May 2014.
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Michael Mayes
Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh
Succeeded by
Ferran Glenfield