Paul and Mechthild Clark, Missionaries to Europe -Germany
In July 2007 the Clarks moved to South Rhineland Palatinate which is located about 60 miles southwest of Frankfurt. The Clarks are planting a church in the city of Bad Dürkheim. Bad Dürkheim County has a population of over 135,000 and only a total of about 200 people who are affiliated with one of five Evangelical churches in this area. With God’s help we are starting the first BFP (AG partner) church in the county. German culture as a whole views any church that is not Lutheran or Catholic as being a cult. Since 1984 Paul and Mechthild have been involved in planting churches and assisting others to plant churches in the following German cities: Saarbrücken, St. Wendel, Neuwied, Losheim, Erfurt, Eisenach, Jena, Trier, East Berlin. Many lives have been touched and changed by the power of God as these churches continue to fulfill the Great Commission. Paul was instrumental in helping to initiate two new BFP State Fellowships of churches (Rhineland Palatinate and Thuringia) within Germany, and served for many years as their district overseer. The BFP is the U.S. Assemblies of God’s partner church in Germany. The BFP plants about ten new churches each year. From 1998 to 2005 Paul served as Field Moderator for 50 Assembly of God U.S. missionaries working in Germany. From August 2005 until May 2006 Paul served as the Missionary in Residence at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. The MIR assignment entailed teaching mission classes and mentoring students who have a call to ministry. In 2006 Paul began doctoral studies in Missiology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO.