The Rev. Clark E. Thomas, pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill, will be the speaker for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s annual Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in Caldwell Hall.
The event is a highlight of the 141st Founder’s Celebration at UAPB. The Vesper Choir, directed by Michael J. Bates, will provide selections, along with student solos performed by music majors.
Thomas has been the pastor of New Salem for 37 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial arts from AM&N College (now UAPB), where he attended on a baseball scholarship. Clark earned a Master’s Degree in ecclesiastical studies from Jackson Theological Seminary.
Employed at the Arkansas Department of Labor for 42 years, he is a safety director and received advanced study/training from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Additionally, he received several certificates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration administrative training institution and is certified as a safety professional source by the Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission.
In 2005 and 2009, Thomas was voted as Top Project Manager for Region VI. Also, in 2005 he received a National Award from the United States Department of Labor for his development and implementation of a Teen Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program. Clark served as Region VI project manager representative on the National OSHA Board.
Thomas is married to Hazel Boyd Thomas. They have three children and seven grandchildren.