The Reverend Philip A. C. Clarke

The Reverend Philip A. C. Clarke


Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Philip A. C. Clarke of Cape Elizabeth, ME who died on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Westbrook, ME.

He was the son of Rev. Fred Clarke and Marjorie Hall Clarke of Leeds, England and Gloversville, NY. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School, Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, and Boston University School of Theology. He also studied theology in Edinburgh, Scotland.

His first assignment in 1955 was as the associate pastor of Scotia Methodist Church in Scotia, NY in the Troy Annual Conference. He served there for a year and a half before joining the New York Conference to serve at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in New York City. He served there for 43 years until his retirement in 1999. During his tenure, Park Avenue grew to become one of the most vital, progressive, and welcoming congregations in the New York Conference. In 2003, Park Avenue UMC voted to invest Rev. Clarke with the honorary office of pastor emeritus.

He is survived by his children David Clarke, Catherine Clarke and Caroline Clarke Schack Chakeris. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sara and John Chakeris; Emma Clarke; and John and Mathew Clarke. He was predeceased by his son Jonathan Clarke.

A memorial service for Rev. Clarke will be held at Park Avenue United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

At the request of the family, donations may be made to the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028 or to the 92nd Street Y, 1295 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128.