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E. Trey Clark

Assistant Professor of Preaching

BA, Wheaton College
MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

PR551: Preaching and Spiritual Formation in the Local Church
PR550: Learning from Women Preachers
PR500: Introduction to Preaching and Worship
PR543: Preaching in Times of Crisis/Celebration
SF506: Vocational Formation in Seminary
SP559: African American Spirituality

Campus Affiliations

William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies


Lowell Berry Dean Scholarship (Fuller)
David Allan Hubbard Achievement Award (Fuller)
Parish Pulpit Fellowship (Fuller)
Merlin Call Scholarship (Fuller)

Areas of Expertise

Preaching, spiritual formation, Black church studies, Christian spirituality, Howard Thurman

“Preaching begins with listening. Such listening, at the very least, involves carefully attending to God, the Scriptures, our neighbors, our inner lives, and the complex realities of the world around us. The Spirit often works through listening to deepen our formation, expand our imagination, and enrich our proclamation of the liberating and life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ.”


Trey Clark


E. Trey Clark joined Fuller’s faculty as assistant professor of preaching in 2021. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor and vocation and formation group leader at Fuller.

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Clark has served in diverse ministry contexts throughout the US, most recently, in pastoral ministry in Southern California. Currently, he serves on the teaching team at his local church and enjoys walking alongside emerging leaders of color as a spiritual companion and mentor. He has preached and/or lectured at several colleges, conferences, and churches in the US and abroad, including in Kenya, South Africa, and Costa Rica. His current research interests include preaching and spiritual formation; the history and theology of preaching, especially contemplative preaching; African American spiritual traditions, especially Black contemplative spirituality; and Howard Thurman.

He holds degrees from Wheaton College and Fuller Seminary, where he completed his MDiv and PhD. As the recipient of the Parish Pulpit Fellowship, he also studied at the University of Pretoria, Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Clark is nearing completion of his first book tentatively titled Black Contemplative Preaching: A Hidden History of Prayer, Proclamation, and Prophetic Witness with Baylor University Press, and he is in the early stages of writing his second book tentatively titled Deep River, Diverse Streams: Learning from Pioneers and Practices of Black Spirituality.

Clark has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals, such as the International Journal of Homiletics, Homiletic, Witness, Worship, and Liturgy. He has also contributed to edited volumes, written numerous book reviews, and developed various practical resources for ministry leaders. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Academy of Homiletics, Societas Homiletica, Spiritual Directors of Color Network, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves as cofounder and director of The Black Contemplative Society.

He lives in Southern California with his wife Dominique, an economic development consultant, and their daughter.