Rev. Daris A. Dixon-Clark
Daris Dixon-Clark was born in the Tar Hill state of North Carolina to Bonnie S. Dixon and the late Andrew W. Clark. He was educated in the Greensboro Public Schools and later graduated from the Anacostia Sr. High in Washington, DC.
Daris Dixon-Clark graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then made a commitment to ministry by completing his Master of Arts in Theology at Northeastern Theological Seminary in Rochester, NY.
On July 17, 2011 Rev. Dixon-Clark received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the St. Thomas Christian College and Theological Seminary of Jacksonville Florida. Currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Memphis Seminary.
Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark was ordained to the Gospel Ministry on December 11, 1988 in Philadelphia, PA and embarked on a career with a goal to provide emotional and spiritual support to individuals and families.
On March 27, 2012, Rev. Dixon-Clark was called to pastor the First Baptist Church of Bay Shore.
He promotes partnerships as the key to a healthy and successful church and community. Such partnerships include his participation as a member of the Long Island Housing Partnership Board of Directors; member of the Community Outreach and Health Education Council of Southside Hospital; The Interfaith Council of Bay Shore; The Bay Shore Brightwaters Chamber of Commerce; Pastor Dixon-Clark has been the featured speaker for Good Samaritan’s Hospital Martin Luther King Jr. observance for the past three years. Rev. Dixon-Clark is a registered Chaplin with the New York State Chaplain’s Task Force. Through his leadership Pastor Dixon-Clark and the First Baptist Church family successfully hosted the first annual “Big Tent Event” which is a community-based Arts and Cultural event that featured Arts Education and entertainment.
Rev. Dr. Daris Dixon Clark is deeply committed to the church and community, he feels that to be successful in ministry we must work together to address the totality of human needs. His message and direction are clear, 'with God on our side and the body of Christ working together we can reach the lost and strengthen the believer.'
His personal mission is to "glorify God through effective preaching and teaching of God's Word and living a life that is a full expression of his God-given gifts."