Ordained Foursquare Minister Tim Clark, who has served as the supervisor of the Greater Los Angeles District since 2011, will become the new senior pastor of The Church On The Way (Van Nuys Foursquare Church) in Van Nuys, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2014. Dr. Ricky Temple, who has pastored The Church On The Way since Jan. 2012, will resume his fulltime leadership of Overcoming by Faith Ministries in Savannah, Ga.
Tim says that his mindset when he became district supervisor was to serve in that role long term. However, he and his wife, Deborah, never lost their passion for local church ministry.
"Over this last season" Tim shares, "Deborah and I have been increasingly sensing that we would one day return to pastoral ministry in the local church." Although the Clarks did not expect the change to occur so quickly, they are confident that God has led them to accept this new assignment at this time.
General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo will serve as interim supervisor of the Greater Los Angeles District. Regarding Tim and Deborah’s commitment to serve The Church On The Way, Tammy affirms that she definitely sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit in this regard.
"Throughout the last few months, Pacific Coast and Valleys District Supervisor Dennis Easter led a thorough process including the development of a pastoral profile with the church council," says Tammy. "I am grateful for the discernment process Dennis led the church through, and we are confident Tim and Deborah have been prepared and are God's choice to lead The Church On The Way into a great future."
Dennis Easter adds: "The process we engaged in has brought a clear and compelling witness to all involved that Tim is the person 'after God's own heart' for this great congregation. He comes to this new role with a true pastor’s heart, proven leadership in a multicultural setting, skills in leading a complex organization, a teaching ministry with prophetic insight, and a commitment to the emerging generations. In reality, God has been preparing Tim all his life for this role, and we are anticipating a promising future under his leadership."
Prayer is appreciated for the Clark family, the Greater Los Angeles District and The Church On The Way, that God would allow this to be a smooth transition into fruitful ministry.