Roy Clyde Clark

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Roy Clyde Clark (July 24, 1920 - May 27, 2014) is a retired American bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1980.[1]


Clark married Esther Maddox of McComb, Mississippi on 7 June 1945. They had two daughters, Lynn Blanton Clark and Susan McEwen Clark, and two grandsons. After Esther's death on 8 April 1991, Bishop Clark married Marion Salisbury Hall on 4 April 1992.


Clark earned the B.A. degree from Millsaps College in 1941 and the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1944. He also has been awarded honorary doctorates from Millsaps College and Columbia College in South Carolina.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Clark was ordained Deacon in 1944 by Bishop J.L. Decell and Elder in 1946 by Bishop U.V.W. Darlington. Roy became a member of the Mississippi Annual Conference and held five different pastorates there between 1944 and 1963: Eastlawn, Pascagoula; Decell Memorial, Wesson; Centerville; Forest; and Capitol Street in Jackson. He then pastored St. John’s Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 1963 through 1967, after which he was appointed to West End Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Clark was elected to the Episcopacy in 1980 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the UMC. He was assigned to the Columbia, South Carolina Episcopal Area (the South Carolina Annual Conference), where he served until his retirement in 1988. As a Bishop he also served as a member of the U.M. General Board of Global Ministries (1980–88), serving as President of the UM Committee on Relief Program Department of the Board (1984–88).

Ministry in retirement[edit]

After retiring from the active episcopacy, Bishop Clark served as Executive Director of the Committee on Episcopal Initiatives for Ministry and Mission of the U.M. Council of Bishops. As such he gave leadership in the development of the Council’s initiative on “Vital Congregations-Faithful Disciples.” He also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Memphis Theological Seminary (an institution of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church but recognized also by the UMC) and of the Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is currently listed as Bishop-in-Residence at the West End Church in Nashville, whose pastorate he once held.


  • InfoServ, the official information service of The United Methodist Church. [1]
  • The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church [2]
  1. ^ Hahn, Heather. "Bishop Clark, theologian, relief leader, dies at 93". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 6 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)

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