Guest Pastor

Rev. Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Owen Clark

While Pastor Elisabeth is out on maternity leave, Pastor Peggy will be covering pastoral duties.

Pastor Peggy has her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, and an M.A. in Comparative Religions from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in New York City. These were the only schools where she had an interest and applied. They accepted her right away.  She received her Doctorate of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary, also New York City. She later was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chapman University, Orange, CA for her extensive leadership in community service work in the Orange County area. 

She began her pastoral career while still a student at Columbia University. She was asked to become the Associate Pastor at Park Avenue Christian Church because of her excellent contribution planning and performing Holy Week services at Park Avenue that year. Following her graduation from Columbia, she went to Stamford, Connecticut where she served in the Union Memorial Church, a community church of United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, and Disciple denominations. She later returned to New York City to become the Regional Minister of the New York Conference of United Church of Christ. It was at this time that Peggy decided to pursue her doctorate degree.

From 1999 until 2006 Pastor Peggy was Senior Pastor at Hollywood-Beverly Christian Church, Hollywood, CA.  While in California, she also served as the Regional Minister of the Pacific Southwest, ministering to churches in southern California, Hawaii, and Nevada.  After she and her husband Dan returned to the east coast in 2006, Peggy became interim pastor of Zwingli United Church of Christ, Souderton, PA, serving for two years. In 2008 she served as temporary supply pastor at Burlington Presbyterian Church in Burlington, NJ for another two years before coming to Trinity. In addition to ministering at Trinity, Peggy is currently an adjunct professor in the Language and Literature Department of Bucks County Community College in Perkasie, PA. She teaches English Composition, Introduction to Rhetorical Skills, and Introduction to Literature.  

Peggy became interested in ministry when she was on her high school mission trip to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. She and her group went to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti and witnessed children dying and stuffed into filing cabinets in that facility. She decided she wanted to change the atmosphere of this global catastrophe, to do mission work to try and change people’s minds on the treatment of children if she didn’t become a pastor.

She has a strong interest in helping churches during their transition times when searching for a permanent pastor. She says that “transitions are easier than permanent change. It’s a simple matter of altering a process until the process is done. Profound permanent changes are difficult, routine, expectations are high, and participation in an established system is painful,’’ she noted in a recent interview.  When asked how she knew she was right for the ministry, “It just clicked!” she exclaimed.

Her interests besides the ministry include drama, literature, and music. While living in Indianapolis, she sang with the Singing Hoosiers, an elite Indiana singing group that tours the country. They toured and sang in places like the annual Rose Bowl in California and the Little 500 in Indianapolis. The Little 500 is a bike racing event held before the famous major sports 
car event, The Indy 500.

She met her husband Dan while she was a student at Columbia University. Dan is now the Senior Pastor at the Warminster Presbyterian Church in Warminster, PA. They have a daughter Emily who is a graduate student at West Chester University in West Chester. Emily plans to teach English Literature upon graduation. She is also a soccer coach, coaching two young girls’ soccer teams, and plays goalie in an adult soccer league.