YOUTH
Stacks Image 3622
Pastor Eric D. Clarke was born in Mt. Thompson on the island of Exuma in The Bahamas to Mr. Albert [deceased] and Mrs. Letticia Clarke. After completing high school in the Bahamas, he matriculated at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in Mandeville, Jamaica, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology in 1981. In 1993, he graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan with a Master of Arts degree in Religion.

Since entering full-time ministry in 1981, Pastor Clarke has served the Adventist Church in the Bahamas for 31 years as church pastor, conference communication director, conference youth director, and conference executive secretary. In addition, Pastor Clarke spent four years (2008-2012) in the Cayman Islands, serving as the president and education director of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

His contribution to the Bahamian community has included volunteering as a member of the Bahamas National Drug Council, Prison Fellowship Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People program, and the Ministry of Education’s scholarship committee. He also served as deputy chair of the National Youth Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Juvenile Panel for the Bahamas. He is a trained chaplain with the Ministry of Health, a marriage officer, and a justice of the peace.

Pastor Clarke’s love for evangelism has taken him to England, Nairobi, the USA, and the islands of the Caribbean.

In December 2015, Pastor Clarke was elected to the position of youth, personal ministries, and stewardship director for the Atlantic Caribbean Union comprised of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Pastor Clarke’s spouse, Patrice, is a registered nurse, midwife, and nursing sister. They have 3 adult children: Daran, Dannia, and Danesha.
The youth ministries department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union coordinates youth ministry planning and resources among its union territories and helps youth leaders evaluate and monitor the results of their programming. The department conducts training seminars, workshops, and camporees in conjunction with its field youth directors.

Vision: Each Adventist youth or minor is a candidate for the kingdom of heaven.

Mission: Facilitate resource development, programs, ministries, and the adequate environment for the development of all the potential faculties in each youth in the department, making sure that the work and effort put forth result in men and women who are faithful to God, true to their principles, who serve the church, and who each in turn will be an influence and blessing to others.

Purpose: The purpose of the youth ministries department is to guide the youth into having a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, making them disciples who live lives of service in the church and in the community.