I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and was a part of amazing, Spirit-filled churches. My folks were both faithful followers of Christ and provided my brother and I solid examples of Christ-followers. At 8 years of age, I made a commitment to Jesus Christ and knew at that moment I was called to full-time ministry. However, during my late high school years and early college years, I avoided and ran from God’s plan for my life. My Junior year in college, after wrestling with the Lord, I finally submitted to the Lord and began to make His calling on my life public. Within weeks, I was hired as a youth minister and have now been in ministry for over 30 years having served churches in Littlefield, Greenwood, Stamford, San Antonio, Cedar Creek and Dripping Springs. I am now incredibly honored to lead The Journey.
While involved in college I met a beautiful girl named Gena who is a follower of Christ. Shortly after college we married and have now been happily married for 26 years and I consider her my partner in leading The Journey. God blessed us with 3 wonderful children and an amazing son in law: Maegan and her husband Andrew, Alyssa and Reece.
Gena and I feel so blessed to be leading The Journey. We love sharing the Word, loving people, equipping the family and laughing with the Beloved of God.
Rev. Carl W. Clark
Prior to entering ministry in the United Methodist Church, I served the citizens of the State of Texas as a public health professional at the municipal, county, and state levels of government for approximately 36 years. I subsequently retired from the Texas Department of Health on August 31st, 2003, following my appointment as Pastor of Driftwood United Methodist Church, Driftwood, Texas, on June 3rd, 2003.
I am a native Texan, born in Vernon, Texas, on January 9th, 1945. I graduated from High School (1963) at Pampa, Texas, and attended McMurry College (Abilene, Texas) on full athletic scholarship (1963-1965) before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas State University (Canyon, Texas) in 1967. I subsequently attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree in 1980.
Upon entering the ministry I have continued my education via ministerial courses offered by Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, through the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. I served as pastor of the Driftwood United Methodist Church for twelve years, retiring at the conclusion of the 2015 Rio Texas UMC Annual Conference. I have remained active in church ministry, serving as Interim Pastor for Lockhart First UMC in 2018. I am now appointed as Associate Pastor of the Journey UMC.
I am married to Sherry Rose Clark and I am the parent of a grown daughter, Rebecca Ann Butterfield, grandfather of three grandsons and great grandfather of one darling great granddaughter.
Director of Children's Ministry
It is such a blessing to help our children see the workings of God in our world and understand the teachings of Jesus through stories, games, activities, and crafts. It is a joy to lead Children’s Church & Sunday School every week! I also coordinate with Pastor David to offer special events.
I was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. I attended Texas State University and received a Bachelors in Education in 2009. I currently teach toddlers at Manchaca UMC Child Development Center part-time, teach exercise classes at the YMCA, and on my days off you can find me playing with my two kids, Owen (5) and Aubrey (3), or hanging out with my wonderful husband of 13 years, Kevin.
It brings me so much joy to lead The Journey Youth Group, helping our teens develop a strong relationship with the Lord by relating Biblical teachings to everyday life. I believe as growing teens, it is infinitely valuable to know God is there for us and has solutions to our real-world challenges when we study scripture and invite his Spirit into our hearts.
I was born in Woburn, Massachusetts but have lived most of my life in Texas. I have a Bachelors in Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas and an Art Education Certification for grades K-12. I am a singer in The Journey worship band, illustrate children’s books, and enjoy being a mother of two sweet energetic boys, Austin (5) and Alexander (3). I have been happily married to my husband, Tom Shoptaw, for 11 years. The embracing community of The Journey is an amazing blessing to our family and we look forward to a bright future ahead at our church!
I was blessed to grow up in a household full of music. My mother and her sisters would sing and play guitars around the kitchen table. Their love and passion for God flowed through their songs and inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I have had the opportunity to lead worship since I was 19 and have been blessed beyond measure in this journey.
I grew up in the small town of Alpine, TX. As the youngest of six, I had immense family support in my endeavors. I graduated from Visible School of Music and Worship Arts in Memphis, TN in 2001, but after 9/11 my music career took a backseat as I enlisted in the Navy for 4 years. I moved to Austin after the Navy and graduated from the Austin Live Music Academy – UT.
I have been extremely blessed by my beautiful wife, Marilyn, and our little baby, Patrick. Being able to lead worship is an incredible honor and I strive to stay out of the way of the Holy Spirit working through the music we offer. God has given us the gift of music and I truly love sharing it every Sunday!