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 special events for Christmas, Easter, and Summer Break.
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 (6) 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 (6) 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!
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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!
Rev. Carl W. Clark
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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.