Rev Clark de­cides it’s time to take that walk

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

AF­TER 19 years as a min­is­ter and four years at the Dou­glas Shire’s Unit­ing Church, Rev Rus­sell Clark is re­tir­ing.

Russ was a late vo­ca­tion into the Min­istry and had spent 32 years as a teacher, and in the ’70s taught at Moss­man State School.

“It was a call of God and I had a gut feel­ing that go­ing into the Min­istry was the right thing to do,” Russ said.

His wife El­iz­a­beth and fam­ily of five daugh­ters joined Russ in his var­i­ous post­ings while teach­ing and with the Church.

“I even did a stint at Ba­m­aga which we loved,” he said.

Russ was the prison chap­lain at Lo­tus Glen for 10 years and he trea­sures the ex­pe­ri­ences of that min­istry.

“The men were pre­pared to talk about faith,” he said, “as I guess they had time to re­flect and all their pre­tences were down – they were who they were in prison.”

Hav­ing spent their child­hood in Cairns, Russ and El­iz­a­beth Clark are not go­ing to ven­ture far in re­tire­ment, plan­ning to move into a home at Ti­na­roo.

“I have a few things on my bucket list – walk­ing the Hey­sen Trail in South Aus­tralia, fin­ish­ing a book I’ve started and what I would re­ally love to do is ride a mo­tor­cy­cle from Cairo to Cape Town, but I’m not sure I’ll have time for that.”

Each year Russ em­barks on a walk and of­ten one or some of his daugh­ters and fam­ily join him.

Ac­cord­ing to parish­ioners, Rev Russ and El­iz­a­beth will be sadly missed and a farewell tea has been ar­ranged for Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11, at 6.30pm in the Unit­ing Church Hall in Moss­man.

“Ev­ery­one is wel­come and are asked to bring a plate of fin­ger food to share,” church sec­re­tary, Ms Janelle Shrimp­ton said.

Rev Rus­sell Clark’s last ser­vice will be de­liv­ered on Christ­mas Day.

They were pre­pared to talk about faith. I guess they had time to re­flect and all their pre­tences were down – they were who they were in prison”

Rev Russ Clark

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Rev Russ Clark and wife El­iz­a­beth

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