Dr. Clarke's Bio
Dr. David Anthony Clarke, Sr. was born in Flint, Michigan on July 5, 1967 to the late Mr. Fred F. Clarke, Sr. and Mrs. Modessa R. Clarke. Pastor Clarke enlisted in the U.S.. Marines, served on active duty for over 12 years, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6) in 1998. He began preaching in June of 1990 while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He has been serving in his third pastorate as the Senior Pastor of the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church (UGMBC) of Warner Robins, GA, also known as "The Grove Zone", since October of 2002. Dr. Clarke has served Union Grove as pastor longer than any other in the church's 130 year history.
Under his dynamic, visionary leadership at Union Grove, the membership has experienced significant growth to nearly 700 members, the full-time and part-time staff has expanded, numerous leaders have been elevated, and several exciting life-changing ministries have been implemented. During his tenure at Union Grove, Dr. Clarke has licensed over 20 ministers, ordained seven, and ordained nine deacons. Clarke re-engineered the UGMBC organizational structure to include an Assistant Pastor and Elders to assist in decision making and oversight of UGMBC ministry efforts.
Connected to the community, UGMBC has purchased numerous residential and commercial properties to include the "Vision Center", a 7500 sq. ft. banquet hall w/full commercial kitchen. Union Grove has partnered with the Warner Robins Housing Authority to initiate a community garden. Union Grove has also become a host church for Family Promise, which provides temporary housing to homeless families in middle Georgia. Foreign missions teams have conducted health clinics and worship services in Ghana, West Africa.
A powerful speaker, Dr. Clarke has served as keynote speaker, provided motivational speeches and/or spiritual support for several organizations to include the Georgia Christian Business Network, Georgia Dept. of Labor, City of Warner Robins, Albany State University, Ft. Valley State University, and Johnson C. Smith University. Clarke preaches regularly in local prisons, and has ministered in Japan, Haiti, and West Africa. The Georgia Informer has repeatedly recognized Dr. Clarke as one of Houston County's most outstanding preachers. In 2005, the Ross Report Partners in Progress of Atlanta, GA honored him as Man of the Year. In August 2015, Dr. Clarke delivered the commencement address for Virginia College's graduation commencement exercises.
In July of 2005, Dr. Clarke released his first book, Starting Over: Five Keys To A New Direction In Life. His second book, Are There Any Questions?, was released on March 30, 2012. Clarke has also written several book reviews for the National Baptist Voice magazine. His writing has been featured in forbes.com, churchleaders.com, and changeyourgamebealeader.com. Clarke's third book will be published in the summer of 2018.
Active in the community, Clarke served as president of the Warner Robins Power Networkers and currently serves on the board of directors for Family Promise, which is a network of churches providing temporary shelter for homeless families. Dr. Clarke is also a member of the Warner Robins Rotary Club. From fall 2012 to spring 2016, Dr. Clarke served as an adjunct professor at THE Ft. Valley State University in Ft. Valley, GA where he taught Leadership, Organizational Theory & Behavior, International Management, and Business Communications courses.
Dr. Clarke received an Associate of Science degree in Business from Barstow Community College of Barstow, California in 1998. In January of 2005, he graduated from Bellevue University of Bellevue, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and received his Master of Science in Organizational Performance in March 2011. In June of 2018, Clarke received his Doctor of Ministry from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology/Georgia Bible College. His dissertation is entitled, "Narcissism in Pastoral Self-Care: How God-Glorifying, Healthy Perspectives of Self Facilitate Pastoral Wellness".
Dr. Clarke married the former Michelle Wilson of Beaufort, SC in May 1988. They have three wonderful children, Janelle, Tenisha, and David II.