About the Rev. Dr. Elmer T. Clark

Rev. Elmer T. Clark

Elmer Talmage Clark (1886-1966) was a pastor, author, editor, denominational leader, and historian who served the MECS and the Methodist Church for fifty-eight years. He studied at Hendrix College, Birmingham-Southern College (B.A.), George Peabody College for Teachers (M.A.), and Temple University (B.D. and Th.D.). He was awarded honorary degrees by Florida Southern College (LL.D.) and Southwestern University (Litt.D.)

Rev. Clark served charges in the St. Louis Conference of the MECS from 1909 to 1918, when he accepted a tour of duty with the YMCA in World War I. Following the war, Clark worked as a denominational executive in Nashville and New York until his retirement in 1952. In 1924 when Clark produced and distributed the bishop portraits, he was the publicity and editorial secretary of the MECS Missionary Centenary Commission, a church agency that raised more than fifty million dollars in support of home and foreign missions. Clark later served as assistant secretary to the General Board of Mission (1926-1938) and editor of World Outlook (1939-1952). During the last two decades of his life Clark led the Association of Methodist Historical Societies and the American section of the World Methodist Council.