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Ron Clark is a minister for the Agape Church of Christ. Agape was planted in downtown Portland, March 2007, and continues to be a congregation that reaches those on the margins while empowering Christians to offer hope to all people. Agape members work with local agencies in domestic abuse, trafficking/prostitution, houselessness and lower income families, and building healthy families. Agape also offers internships to mentor church leaders, elder/shepherding couples, ministry apprenticeships, domestic violence and trafficking advocates, and church planters. Since 2010 two new congregations were launched and 5 other couples are presently serving in ministry.
Ron is an adjunct faculty member at Portland Seminary teaching Pastoral Counseling and is a doctoral adviser in the seminary’s D.Min program. He completed his M.Div and D.Min from Harding School of Theology in Memphis.
Ron has served on the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Community Against Domestic Violence, Allies in Change, Building Caring Families, and Portland’s Village Coalition for Houseless Individuals. He also serves as Co-Chair of the New Testament and the World of Early Christianity Section for the Pacific Northwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature.
He has authored books and articles addressing theology, domestic abuse and the church, healthy masculinity, Biblical Studies, marriage, and ministry. He has also taught and spoken throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, and Albania.
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Ron and his wife Lori have been married 30 years and have 3 sons. They also recently published The Marriage Table: Our Reflections of Love in Marriage, Family, and Ministry.
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