Pastor Bernard Clarke is the Senior Minister at Saint Philip Monumental AME Church, Savannah, GA. Pastor Clarke’s credentials includes: a Bachelor of Arts degree from Savannah State University; extend studies concentrating in Vocational Education Certification from Valdosta State University, a Master of Divinity from Turner Theology Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Atlanta, GA and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.
Pastor Clarke, accepted his call to ministry in 1991, preached his initial sermon at historic St. James AME Church, Savannah, GA, which was then under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Dan Stevenson, the Presiding Elder of the Waycross District. He was ordained an Itinerant Elder in April 1995. Pastor Clarke has pastored the following congregations: Asbury AME Church, Sylvania, Bethel AME Church, Millen, Georgia and The Greater Gaines Chapel AME Church in Savannah, Georgia where he built a 4000+ square feet Christian Education Complex.
Pastor Clarke is an educator within the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. He teaches Collision Repair Technology at the Woodville-Tompkins Career Academy. Pastor Clarke serves as the Dean of the Georgia Annual Conference Board of Examiners, President of the Evangelical Ministries Union and Chairperson of the Finance Committee for the Georgia Annual Conference.
Pastor Clarke has received recognition of achievement as “Teacher of the Year,” for the Savannah-Chatham County school board, “Pastor of the Week,” for 1230AM WSOK and was featured on the Discovery Channel hit television show, “Monster Garage, Jan. 06.” Currently, he serves at the President of Evangelical Ministers’ Union.
As a Pastor, Educator and Community Organizer for more than twenty-five years, he has coordinated events and facilitated Visioning Sessions, District Meetings, Leadership Retreats, Training Sessions, Community Events, and Plenary Sessions.
Pastor Clarke is a visionary, who is truly on the move for Christ. He continues to spread the Gospel by seeking out, saving the lost, and serving the needy.