Photograph of Philip A. C. Clarke 1976

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.