Scott Thomas Clark, son of James Albert and Armelda Vass Clark, was born near Concordia, Kansas, on December 9, 1883, and passed away in Newberg, Oregon, on August 27, 1977, at age 93 years and nine months.
He was the ninth child in a family of 15 children, growing up in the Cherokee Strip area of Oklahoma. He earned a degree at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and also a Master’s degree at Winona Lake School of Theology in Winona Lake, Indiana. His dedication to the Friends Church and a deep concern for enlarging the Kingdom of God resulted in more than 75 years of service as a Quaker minister, theologian, and educator.
Shortly after receiving the B.A. degree at Friends University, he was invited to Ingersoll, Oklahoma, to teach at Stella Friends Academy, where he met his future wife, Elsie Grace Coppock. They were married on September 10, 1910, and moved to Wichita. They then accepted the call to pastor the Mt. Ayr Friends Church near Alton, Kansas, from 1914 to 1916.
The Clark family then moved to Haviland, Kansas, where Scott was invited to be president of the extended two-year program at Friends Academy which would focus on training Christian workers and pastors for Kansas Yearly Meeting.
In 1923 the Academy was listed as an accredited secondary school, and in 1930 the name of Kansas Central Bible Training School was changed to Friends Bible College and a four-year course in Bible training was offered. In 1936 Scott resigned after serving for 18 years as founder and president. He had faithfully guided the young institution through the uncertain beginning years, through the depression years without indebtedness, and had spear-headed the training of pastors, missionaries, and church leaders serving Christ around the world. During his lifetime Scott taught Theology and Bible at the Colorado Springs Bible Training School; God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio; returning to Friends Bible College in Haviland, Kansas; and George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
Scott’s overall pastoral ministry was remarkable. He pastored at the following Friends Churches: Mt. Ayr near Alton, Kansas (1914-1915); Prairie Flower and Maple near Haviland, Kansas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Portsmouth, Virginia; Montebello, California; Caldwell, Idaho; and Chehalem Center, Oregon.
Scott was a writer as well as a minister and teacher. During his retirement years he wrote and edited Sunday School materials for the George Fox Press, besides contributing articles to many religious periodicals. His book, The Dynamics of the Gospel, was published in 1972 by Barclay Press. In his prime years Scott was much in demand across the nation as a revival and camp meeting evangelist and Bible Conference speaker.
During the last months of Scott’s life, he lived in Newberg, Oregon. He died peacefully while in his sleep at the Newberg Care Home on August 27, 1977. Both Scott and Grace are buried at the Greenleaf Friends Cemetery in Idaho.
Scott Clark will long be remembered as one who excelled in Bible preaching, a man of prayer, one having principles and strong convictions, a man consistent in Christian conduct, frugal in personal habits yet generous in support of the Church which he loved and served during his lifetime.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.” (Psalm 116:15)