Rick and Sue Clark serve the emerging leadership team. The following is all about them. But the real story is all about you - and YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL!
Rick and Sue Clark have been in full-time Christian ministry since 1976. Over the years, Rick has been an evangelist, radio Bible teacher, pastor, missionary, Bible College teacher, revivalist and church planter. Rick and Sue served as missionaries with Pioneers Mission for nine years, including living in Bangkok, Thailand from 1985 to 1989.
Rick and Sue are the founders and TEAM INC, a group of ministries that include TEAM International, The Rising Movement and Cities Set Free. In addition, Rick and Sue are the founders of The Rising Church in Azusa, CA. Rick is an author of the Fire Team Series including the Fire Team Evangelism book, workbook, coach's manual and DVD set.
Rick and Sue have been married for 49 years. They have 3 children, all married and on-fire for Christ. They greatly enjoy their eleven grandchildren.
Rick, once a hippie philosophy student, came to know Christ on November 7, 1971. He immediately gave himself to evangelism and in 1976 graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible.
After pastoring and growing Oreland Baptist Church in Pennsylvania from 1976-1981, Rick and Sue began nine wonderful years with PIONEERS Mission. Rick spent the first two years recruiting and training new missionaries in his role as the Candidate and Deputation Secretary. 9 months after earning his Masters in Missions from the Columbia Graduate School in Columbia, South Carolina in June of 1984, Rick and Sue became Pioneer’s first missionaries to Bangkok, Thailand.
They landed in Bangkok on June 14, 1985 (their 15th wedding anniversary) with their two young daughters, Stephanie and Jessica. Jeremiah was born in Bangkok on May 12, 1986. While in Thailand, Rick continued his studies in Church Growth under the Asia Pacific University. The Clarks witnessed the miraculous hand of God repeatedly in Thailand which led to an evangelism movement in an undercover special operations team. Their vision for reaching entire cities led them, upon finishing their four-year term in Bangkok, to study further at the Fuller School of Mission, beginning in 1990.
Trips to Argentina with Dr. C. Peter Wagner and Ed Silvoso led to the formation of a missionary fellowship, TEAM International, launched in August, 1994. The goal of TEAM is “to nurture church multiplication movements in 100 cities.” Our first attempt to reach an entire city was called “Pray Pasadena.” In less than 2 years, “Pray Hollywood” followed.
For over ten years, Rick traveled to Thailand 2-3 times a year, doing seminars and revival meetings to help realize the goals of the Thailand Evangelism Committee. In 2016 the Lord shifted his focus back to stirring revival in America.
Sue has been involved in church leadership, Bible teaching, evangelism and discipleship even before her graduation from Philadelphia College of Bible in 1977. In Bangkok, she became involved in Christian Education. After returning to the States, Sue taught at, and eventually became the Director of the American Language and Culture Institute at Azusa Pacific University. Sue completed her Masters in Leadership from APU in 2003 and has taken Ph.D. studies at Biola University.
During their time in Southern California the Clarks helped start one Thai/Laotian church and five other churches. Presently Rick and Sue are the pastors of the Rising Church. They are focused on leading a discipleship multiplication movement through the development of the on-line RISE Discipleship Training program. The primary focus is on leading disciples from the area, as well as students from Azusa Pacific University to do evangelism and discipleship at nearby Citrus College and in the Azusa area.
The Anointing of Isaiah 61
Since 2008, the TEAM INC Board of Directors enlarged our ministry to focus on victims of human trafficking. We began by developing the SoCal Restoration Coalition. In August of 2017, we launched Traffick Free Azusa, the pilot project of Cities Set Free.
Both The Rising Movement and Cities Set Free look to Isaiah 61:1-4 as our common call to evangelism, discipleship, inner healing, deliverance and city transformation. In essence, that is what we believe the last days anointing of the Holy Spirit is all about!