The Rev. Russell D. Clark--Pastor Russ
Pastor Russ was born in Moscow, Idaho and grew up in Colfax, Washington on the East Side of the State--a small wheat-farming town.   He graduated from Colfax High School in 1976 and attended Whitworth University, a small Presbyterian liberal arts school in Spokane, WA.  In 1980 he graduated with a BA in History, minor in English and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. He spent three years substitute teaching and doing church camping and youth work at a small UCC church in Spokane, WA.
 
He graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA) in 1986. As a student, he did three years as an intern at Peace UCC in Denver, PA.  Pastor Russ was ordained in October 1986 and in October 2016 will be celebrating 30 years of ordained Ministry.
 
Pastor Russ has served churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference, Penn Southeast Conference, and Penn Central Conference. He has done a lot of Conference, Association, Ecumenical, and community volunteering.  Prior to coming to Emmanuel, he served Newport UCC in Newport, WA where he also volunteered in 4th and 6th grades in two local elementary schools and as a member of the Eastside Committee on Ministry for the Pacific NW Conference.
 
Pastor Russ’s partner is Jamis Reilly (goes by Jay or Reilly) who is a Spokane native.
 
Pastor Russ’s interests are:  traveling, gardening, anything historical, church choir, reading (mostly history) art (particularly Renaissance and Impressionist), music (especially Baroque, Classical) attending the Symphony and Opera when possible, church potlucks or being invited to dinner!

He has two sons:  Schane (27) who lives in Long Beach, CA and Andrew (25) who lives in Baltimore, MD.  Per Pastor Russ, he has a very spoiled Bichon Frise dog named Eli!

 


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