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Edgar “Trey” Clark III

Assistant Professor of Preaching

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

Courses Taught

PR500: Homiletics
PR543: Preaching in Times of Crisis/Celebration
PR550: Learning from Women Preachers
SF506: Vocational Formation in Seminary
SP559: African American Spirituality

Campus Affiliations

William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies

Awards

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

Areas of Expertise

The holistic formation of preachers, Black contemplative spirituality; the history of preaching, especially among women and other minoritized traditions; spiritual formation; the theology and practice of preaching; cultivating Scriptural imagination; Black church studies; multiethnic churches; the intersection of theology, race, and ministry

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.

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Dr. Trey Clark

Bio

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

Dr. Clark has 18 years of ministry experience in diverse contexts in Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, and Southern California. He has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, interim pastor, and preaching pastor. Additionally, he has coached and mentored ministry leaders and led retreats, workshops, and seminars on preaching, contemplative spiritual practices, and the intersection of theology, race, and ministry. Clark has also preached and/or lectured at several colleges, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad, including in Kenya, South Africa, and Costa Rica.

He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and an M.Div. from Fuller. As the recipient of the Parish Pulpit Fellowship, he also studied at the University of Pretoria, Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Additionally, Clark has been a visiting student in the Ph.D. program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary. As a Merlin Call Scholar, he completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Fuller with a concentration in preaching and worship. His dissertation explored the history, theology, and practices of Black contemplative preaching, particularly as embodied in Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King Jr., Barbara Harris, and various contemporary Black preachers. His current research interests include the holistic formation of preachers, the history of women preachers in the global South, Black contemplative spirituality, and theologies and practices of proclamation outside the pulpit, especially in the arts and social justice efforts.

Clark has several published and forthcoming peer-reviewed articles in journals, such as The International Journal of Homiletics, Witness, Worship, Liturgy, and the Black Theology Papers Project. He has also contributed to edited scholarly 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, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

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

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