By then my aunt and grandparents had been attending the FOT for several years, and this kind man, Howard Clark
, knew them on sight.After he
left to go back inside, my aunt told me he
had once been confined to a wheelchair, but that God had healed him.Howard Clark
was a Korean War veteran who'd been badly wounded in combat.He
was, according to HWA's autobiography, confined to a wheelchair until he
was annointed by Richard D. Armstrong (not long before RDA himself died in a car crash).Afterwards, according to HWA, Clark
was soon going up and down ladders, painting buildings on the Pasadena campus where he
was enrolled as a student.He was eventually ordained and employed as a minister.
I heard him preach several years after I met him.He
said the stories were true that the VA still sent him his
disability checks every month because officials there refused to believe that anyone with his
severe injuries could have recovered.
My other aunt was married to a minister in the WCG
, and he
worked under Howard Clark
for several years in the El Monte/Altadena area.According to my aunt and uncle, Mr. Clark
had told them that he
wished God had either healed him completely or let him die.Although he
could now walk, internal injuries from when he
was wounded still caused him to be miserably unwell.
...GASQUET, Calif.—Howard Clark, 72, former elder of the Worldwide Church of God and photographer for WCG and Ambassador College publications, died Oct. 14 at his home here.Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Beverly, and five grown children.
On the Painful Truth website in the Ambassador Review archives, Howard Clark
is listed in the article, "Executive Exodus," where in 1974 about one-third of the WCG ministry left the churh.
I hope that the years from 1974 and 2002 were good to him.Rest in peace, Mr. Clark
...Howard Clark was my speech teacher and was often and obviously in constant pain.
A very very nice man and very sincere in his
dealings and expressions of belief.I suspect he
sheer will to be better enough to get up out of the chair that had "confined" him earlier.
...Howard Clark was my speech teacher, and I was fortunate to get a double shot of him, as he was also my Ambassador Club director.He
was a most unique individual, and had a great sense of humor.However, he
was also very outspoken.At one point or another, it appears that senior management of WCG
tired of this, and (poof!) he
was very outspoken, or maybe just "spoken" as being outspoken was one who said anything outside of "ok, sounds good to me." I also had him for club.