Ned was born the last of 4 children to Rev. Harold “Pete” and Kay Clark. Pete had already been in ministry, 7 years at New Lisbon and close to 2 years at Chesterfield Christian, at the time of Ned’s birth. Kay was the homemaker, played the organ for the church, and was studying at Ball State Teachers College hoping to become a high school teacher (which she later accomplished, teaching at Anderson High School from 1964 to 1988). And with 2 older sisters and a big brother, Ned’s upbringing was shaped by their perspectives as well.
Ned began mowing lawns and delivering newspapers around the age of 10, worked for the local grocery store and a gas station (back when such were “full-service”) during his junior high years, and then spent 3 years learning most aspects of the fine dining/nightclub business during high school, graduating from Anderson Highland High in 1977.
That fall, Ned left home for Bloomington to attend Indiana University. He worked his way through college (while receiving some help from the parents) so that he was able to graduate (debt-free) in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Policy and Administration.
After college, Ned traveled some and tried his hand at various different kinds of work, from factories to servicing farm and industrial equipment, from managing retail outlet stores and restaurants to doing construction of homes and businesses. It was at the age of 31 that he “relented” to God’s call and turned to ministry as his profession of faith and service.
Ned entered Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis) in the spring of 1991, and that fall accepted the position of Youth and Young Adult Coordinator at First Christian in New Castle Indiana, where he worked for over 2 years. In 1994, he was offered the student-Senior minister position at East Christian in Markleville, where he worked for over 8 years. During that time, he also studied at the Theological school of Anderson University. In 2002, Ned went into the “handy-man” business while also working weekends as the on-call chaplain for Community Hospital Anderson. And in 2007, Chesterfield Christian asked him to be their senior minister, and he started on August 13th (his parents anniversary!) of that year.