Pastor Sam Clark and Dr. Kim Clark RN, MFT, Th.D. are the founders of Keys To Great Marriage.
We have been married since 1976. Our best friends, at the time, set us up on a blind date. We have two adult children, one grandson, and Andy, who is a rescue dog (and the only “kid” still at home).
Some of our interests include: volunteering for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Costa Mesa Fire Corps (which supports the city’s fire department), supporting our church by participating in the media and sound department and teaching a parenting class, ham radio, hiking, camping, gardening, and SCUBA diving, but most especially ministering to people.
Throughout our marriage we have experienced: relationship issues, serious illnesses and chronic health problems, financial problems, difficult living situations, and stressful family situations. Life has not always been a bed of roses, but we have come through it all with a solid marriage and we want to share our experiences to offer hope, strength, and healing to others.
Sam was born and raised in Southern California. He attended school in San Diego through Junior College. He is an Eagle Scout. Sam has served as a Planning Commissioner and Vice-Chair for the City of Costa Mesa and has served in leadership capacities in churches as well as boards of various organizations.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University in Pastoral Ministries and has all but a thesis for a Master’s in Biblical Studies also from Vanguard. He became a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God in 1991. He has served as Associate Pastor in several churches. He is currently ordained by The Missionary Church International. He is Level 2 Trained by The Gottman Institute. He has a passion for helping others and equipping them to be all they can and want to be. He is a gifted teacher and administrator.
He currently works as a consultant in information technology, primarily with mid-range accounting software.
Kim holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, a doctorate in Theology (ThD) from Victory Bible College, and is Level 2 Trained by The Gottman Institute. Kim has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. Working with the developmentally disabled, seniors, and people of all ages. The majority of her nursing experience has been in long term care and case management. She currently works full time as a Utilization Review Nurse, reviewing hospitalized patients cases.
Kim is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been licensed since 2004. She has counseled individuals, families, couples, children, teens, adults and seniors on a variety of problems including: depression, anxiety, panic disorders, relationship issues, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addictions.
Some of her hobbies include: sewing, quilting, writing, reading, and singing bass in a women’s a-cappella chorus. Her passion is to see people healed and restored to wholeness.