Bishop Peggy A. Johnson has announced the appointment of The Rev. Evelyn Kent Clark as the Superintendent of the South District of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, effective July 1, 2020. Rev. Clark follows the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm who has been appointed to the position of Director of Connectional Ministries at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Office, effective July 1, 2020.
Reverend Evelyn Kent Clark is the fourth child of loving parents, Beatrice and Andrew Kent. Her father passed away in 2010, and the family just celebrated her mother’s 93rd birthday last month. Rev. Clark grew up in Philadelphia, PA with her three sisters and one brother (one sister passed away in August 2019). She was educated in the parochial school system of Philadelphia and upon graduation from high school, she attended Lincoln University in Oxford, PA with a major in French and a minor in Secondary Education. Rev. Clark responded to the call to ordained ministry after 13 years as an educator in the public school system. She received her Local Pastor’s License in 1993 and her Masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, currently known as Palmer Seminary, in 2000. She was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2003 and is currently serving as the pastor of two churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference: New Life UMC in Drexel Hill, PA and Trinity Lansdowne UMC (known as The Garden Church) in historic Lansdowne, PA.
Rev. Clark served the General Church as a member of the General Board of Discipleship. She has also served as a member of the Congregational Transformation Team, co-chairperson of Calling Disciples Resource Team, member of the Commission on Equitable Compensation, president of Black United Methodist Preachers, member of Black Methodist for Church Renewal and as the secretary and chairperson of the Committee on Episcopacy. She is currently chairperson of the Order of Elders, co-chairperson of the South District Committee on Ordained Ministry and a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry and its executive committee.
Rev. Clark was a facilitator for the Forum for Female Scholars at the 2006 Gates Millennium Scholars Leadership Conference in Chantilly, Virginia. In that same year, Rev. Clark received the Denman Award for evangelism. In March of 2007 she accepted an invitation to the University of Oxford, in Oxford, England to present and dialogue on the topic “Science and Religion: Is There Common Ground?” She is a member of Biltmore Who’s Who, having qualified for inclusion in the 2007-2008 edition of the registry of executives and professionals. In 2017 Rev. Clark had the extreme honor of being a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Barak Obama.
Rev. Clark is married to Rev. Noah Reid III. They have 2 adult children and 1 delightful grand-daughter: Rashawn Clark who is married to Kellee Clark and they have one child, Gabrielle, and one daughter, Amey Reid.