Rev Clark decides it’s time to take that walk
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
Rev Russ Clark and wife Elizabeth