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This profile was last updated on 5/29/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Rev. Clarence Howard

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Employment History

  • Pastor
    First Christian Church
  • Senior Pastor
    Milford Baptist Church
  • Pastor


  • undergraduate degree
    Northwest Christian College
  • Master of Divinity
    Emmanuel School of Religion
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Web References
Church, community, school, youth, ..., 29 May 2008 [cached]
Church, community, school, youth, whatever the venue, it seems that life for Pastor Clarence (Clancy) Howard and wife Kathi revolves around service.Spending time with them, one cannot help but be reminded of an old chorus that says in part, "if you want to be great in God's kingdom, learn to be the servant of all."By that standard, the Howards define greatness.
On June 6, 1983, Howard preached his first sermon as pastor of First Christian Church in Orofino.On June 1 of this year, the congregation and community will honor them as they celebrate 25 years in the pastorate, 25 very busy and fruitful years.
Howard knew from the age of 14 he was called to ministry.Originally, from Five Mile, an "agrarian" area near Spokane, he received his undergraduate degree at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, OR and completed his Master of Divinity at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN.
As a child, Howard's mother saw to it that he and his two younger sisters attended church.She took them or sent them with a neighbor.One Sunday his Dad got up and said he was going to church, and from that day on the family attended church together.Years later, Howard would learn that his own example "the way I was living," and that of his maternal grandfather led his own father to choose God.
The family attended a small church, "really a community Sunday School", until Howard's parents decided they wanted the children in a larger church.They began attending Country Homes Christian church and his mother became the church secretary.As a senior in high school, Howard was the church janitor.
Kathi grew up in Pomeroy, and was baptized at age 11, although she says she was ready sooner.It was just a matter of "gathering the courage to get up in front of everyone."
She graduated from high school knowing she wanted to "get married and have kids," although she never expected to be a pastor's wife.She didn't want to go to school, but at her parent's urging, she chose Northwest Christian College because, she says, she "figured the Bible classes wouldn't hurt me."
There, in October of her freshman and Clancy's sophomore year, the couple met.
Two weeks later, they were invited to Orofino for Howard to preach and interview at First Christian Church, a congregation founded in 1911.The next Wednesday he was asked to assume the pastorate, and gladly accepted.
No sooner was the decision made, than Washington's governor ended the hiring freeze.
Howard completed his thesis, "The Role of Clergy and Laity in the Northwest Region of the Disciples of Christ," after moving back to the northwest.His thesis professor went on furlough so he had an extra year to work on it.His thesis defense was unique in that he did it over the phone, something he says no one at the school had ever done, nor, to his knowledge, has anyone done it since.
Howard came to serve a congregation who "just try to be ordinary God fearing Christians," he says, "just trying to do their job," and community involvement soon followed.Six months after their arrival he became involved with FISH, and has served on the board ever since.
The FISH thrift store is run by volunteers who are overseen by a board that makes decisions about day to day operations and allotment of funds.The need for help comes in cycles, Howard says, often reflecting the seasonal nature of work in the area.
Staff, 5 Feb 2011 [cached]
Senior Pastor Clarence Howard
Pastor Howard is a graduate of Clemson University and has a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Clarence and his wife,
The Williamston Journal - Church Directory, 25 May 2005 [cached]
Pastor: Rev. Clarence Howard
Obituaries, 14 April 2005 [cached]
Viola will be buried at the Woodland Cemetery next to her beloved Walter at 1:00 on Saturday, April 16 with a graveside service presided over by Pastor Clarence Howard of the First Christian Church.
But pastor Clarence Howard ..., 8 April 2009 [cached]
But pastor Clarence Howard said it'll cost about $4,000 to replace the Plexiglas on the church welcome sign.
"It's just an example of the world we live in," said Howard, who couldn't recall a similar incident in the 3½ years he's led the congregation of 250.
"The Easter message is still appropriate," he said.
Howard said he was contacted at home about the vandalism. "At first sight, it takes your breath away," Howard said.
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