Cross of Christ at Rapha Center.org

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CENTER

"Where Truth & Mercy Meet"

MEET OUR STAFF

Pastor Donald J. Clark, BBT
Worship Pastor
Life Coach & Conference Speaker

Pastor Don felt God calling him into ministry at an early age.  He has served God in various ministry capacities i.e., Pastor, Teacher, Youth Minister, Drama and Arts Director  but with his primary calling being as a Worship Leader.  Pastor Don has a gifting for taking people into God's presence through playing unique spontaneous compositions on the piano while singing God's praises from his heart. 

People have commented that when Pastor Don is leading worship, God's presence is tangibly felt as they are able to enter into God's Throne room and experience Christ's healing and love wash over them. 

Pastor Don began his music education in 1962 with private piano lessons. He continued taking privately all through high school. He won several Ohio Music Education Association superior ratings in piano. He began private voice lessons in 1971 and continued through high school and college. He was the choir accompanist and vocal soloist throughout his four years.

After high school Don attended Evangel University as a voice and piano major.  He furthered his Biblical studies at International Theological Seminary where he was awarded a Bachelor of Theology.  Pastor Don has been involved in many bands, choirs and ensembles. Since 1983 Don has been music director at churches in Florida and Ohio where he directed musicals, plays, concert choirs and led music for church worship services.

Pastor Don is fully ordained into Ministry through Christ for the Nations located in Dallas, Texas.  Additionally, he has held many Leadership ministerial positions, as well as, having been a  Senior Pastor for 11 years, and Worship Leader for 25 years within the Assembly of God denomination throughout the USA.

Currently, Pastor Don leads people into God's presence in New Bern on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights  through intense Worship Services at Faith United Methodist Church.

Pastor Don is married to Rev. Sandy Johnson Clark.  Together, they seek to honor and love their Lord Jesus Christ taking His Love and saving grace to those who will hear through Christian Concerts, conferences, Seminars and travel out to other locations for special times of Worship & Word Events. 

Please be sure to enter into God's presence with us by listening to some of Pastor Don's original Worship Compositions on our Worship/Word Samples link.


Pastor Saundra Johnson-Clark, MDIV  

Minister of the Word,  Teacher, Board Certified Pastoral Counselor

 Is known as "Pastor Sandy".  After many years of serving the Lord in various pastoral and ministerial capacities, she had a life changing encounter with God in 1997, when He instructed her to introduce people to the reality and overwhelming love of JESUS CHRIST.

 

This mandate is accomplished by leading people into Christ's presence to experience healing and wholeness through Pastoral Counseling, Conferences, Seminars or when she travels out to other host locations bringing God's Word.  


Testimonials have been given where physical diseases, emotional hurts, sicknesses and addictions have been healed, as well as, many miracles have occurred.  People have testified of experiencing an overwhelming sense of God's love and peace with life's stresses falling away.   


 Pastor Sandy is Native American, of the Tuscarora Tribe (Southern Band) Sand Turtle clan, out of east coast North Carolina.  She and  Pastor Don minister on the Indian reservations across the USA, and in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Africa taking the Good News of Christ's redeeming love to those in need.

 

 Pastor Sandy's Seminary studies started out in Greensboro, N.C. under the instruction of Dr. James Peter Beck, Jr., Senior Pastor of Maranatha Church. She has a Masters of Business Administration- Nonprofit and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary.


Additionally, she completed Masters training in Christian Counseling at Light University and is a trained Facilitator of Theophostic Prayer Ministry. Pastor Sandy is currently enrolled at Andersonville Theological Seminary where she is completing her Doctorate of Ministry. 


Pastor Sandy Johnson Clark is ordained through Faith Christian Fellowship International, Tulsa Ok. She is now in the candidacy path towards becoming an Ordained Elder with the United Methodist Church where she serves on staff at Faith United Methodist Church in New Bern, NC.


 Pastor Sandy is recognized by the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor.   She is a long-standing member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral  Counselors.  Pastor Sandy is also recognized as a Life Coach through the Christian Coaching Alliance.  


Pastor Sandy is married to Rev. Donald J. Clark, her life and ministry partner.  Together, they host Christian Conferences, Seminars and travel out to other locations for special times of Worship & Word Events.



Jackie S. Johnson, BSBA
Minister of Helps,
Worship Pianist

It was through Jackie's love of her Lord Jesus Christ and her example to others of that love, that Pastor Sandy attributes her desire to serve God with her life ever since she was 12 years old.  Jackie has been ministering alongside of her daughter, Pastor Sandy, for many years in the area of Administration of Helps and in Worship.  She is the one that keeps the Ministry running smoothly, assisting in all areas from back office to being in prayer for those who request. 

Jackie graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of  Science in Business Administration and studied music for many years.   She is a gifted musician playing a variety of instruments but with her focus being on the piano.  

Jackie has a sensitivity to the Spirit of God and offers her praises to Him freely by playing hymns for Faith UMC and is a blessing to all who know her!