Brian Clark


Brian is a native of Ringgold, Georgia where he was raised from birth in the Ringgold United Methodist Church. He was baptized and confirmed at RUMC and began walking in relationship with Christ as Savior at the age of sixteen.

About a year later, Brian perceived that God was calling him into a life of ministry. He began serving as a lay speaker and was appointed at the age of nineteen as the Student-Local Pastor of Mt. Pleasant and Pine Chapel United Methodist Churches in rural Gordon County.

After graduating from Reinhardt University, he attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he graduated with a Master of Divinity. His first full-time appointment was to Dalton First United Methodist Church where he served as Associate Pastor. Brian’s second full-time appointment was to Royston First United Methodist Church where he served as Pastor. During his time in Royston, Brian returned to school at Erskine Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctor of Ministry. His doctoral thesis was entitled: Racism and One Minister’s Strategy of Dealing with Its Reality in a Small Southern Town. Brian served as the Senior Pastor of Calhoun First United Methodist Church for seven and a half years before being appointed to serve as the Senior Pastor of Simpsonwood United Methodist Church where he served until his most recent appointment as District Superintendent of the Athens-Elberton District.

Brian has served the North Georgia Annual Conference through the Long Range Planning Committee, the Race and Religion Committee, and the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Over the last five years, the Lord has taught Brian about how disciples of Jesus Christ are formed. His hope and prayer as a District Superintendent is to share what he has learned and continues to learn about discipleship with the clergy and laity of the Athens-Elberton District. Brian has a passion for preaching, prayer ministry, discipleship, evangelism, and missions.

He perceives that part of his role as District Superintendent is to unite the church through prayers for revival that call for the Holy Spirit to lead the United Methodist Church to become an evangelistic movement.

Brian is married to Julianna, a former missionary to Honduras who has a tremendous heart for Christ and for people. They are blessed to share life with three children: Natalie (who is a freshman at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga), Miles (who is a sixth-grader at Heritage Middle School in Ringgold, Georgia), and Elijah (who is in pre-school at Athens First United Methodist Church). Together, Brian and Julianna also serve as Foster Parents through the United Methodist Children’s Home.