Philip A. C. Clarke
1929 - 2018
On April 29, 2003, The Park Avenue United Methodist
Church Council voted to invest Rev. Clarke with the honorary
office of “Pastor Emeritus,” and he graciously accepted the
office noting, with customary modesty, that he had been “out
of the game” for five years.
Philip A.C. Clarke was our pastor at Park Avenue United
Methodist Church from December 1, 1956 until June 30, 1999
-- 43 years of extraordinary, faithful ministry. During his
tenure, Park Avenue grew to become one of the most vital,
progressive, and welcoming congregations in the New York
Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His
ministry and leadership influences continue to inspire, and
he remains loved, respected, and remembered in New York City
and across nations.