Rev. Joe Clifford, D.Min

article_4_AAn ordained minister since 1997, Joe arrived at First Presbyterian Church in December 2006. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in economics in 1988. After six years in banking and finance, Joe answered a call to ordained ministry. He graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and earned a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. His thesis was entitled “From Fear to Freedom: Self-differentiated Preaching in an Age of Anxiety,” an effort to consider leadership in the pulpit from a Family Systems Theory perspective.  He is a guest lecturer on Family Systems Theory at Children’s Hospital and SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.  In his preaching, Joe seeks to offer people a glimpse of their respective worlds through the lens of the Bible to consider what God might be doing in our lives, our community, our nation and our world. The son of two educators, Joe is passionate about teaching, relishing the opportunity to lead a noon Bible study every Wednesday, as well as other lecture opportunities throughout the year. His deep sense of call to urban ministry brought him to First Presbyterian Church.

In the community, Joe is a member of the Dallas Assembly.  He serves on the board of trustees of Austin College, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Family Gateway, as well as the pastoral care advisory board of Children’s Medical Center.

Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since 1990. They are blessed with two children. Time away from work is filled with family activities. For rest and relaxation, Joe enjoys reading novels and poetry, listening to all types of music, hiking, golf, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.