Rev. Robert R. Drake,
Robert Russell Drake was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents were members of Grace United Methodist church, which had an evangelical pastor, and under that man's twelve year ministry, Bob put his trust in Christ.
He became an Eagle Scout before going to Bethel College in St. Paul, a school of the Baptist General Conference. The philosophy department introduced him to Reformed theology, and he decided to study it further at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia.
Following seminary, unsure as to whether he was called to preach or teach, Bob went to Western Kentucky University where he was a Teaching Assistant in logic. In 1971, he received an M.A. in Humanities with a major in philosophy, but meanwhile his desire to preach had been confirmed by working with a small church plant in his spare time.
He returned to Philadephia for an internship at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) which was across the street from Westminster Seminary. In 1972, he was ordained by the Philadelphia Presbytery of the OPC and became the pastor of Calvary.
He resigned in 1977, and after a brief trial position with Great Commission Publications, he worked for the Christian Reformed Church in campus ministry at the University of Minnesota where he also did additional graduate work in American Studies. In 1983, he was called to Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Bob is married to the former Victoria Rustand who was a widow with four small children. Vicki has taught English in both public and Christian schools and is now an editoral assistant at God's World Publications.
Bob and Vicki rejoice to see their children walking in the truth, and at last count they have fourteen grandchildren who are being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Rev. William Clark,
Bill Clark was born March 5, 1954, in Montgomery, Alabama, where he also grew up. His family were members of Covenant Presbyterian Church there, which withdrew from the Presbyterian Church, US to the Presbyterian Church in America in 1973.
Being the youngest of three children, and finances being tight, he sought and obtained an Army scholarship for college, choosing to attend the University of Alabama, where he studied accounting. It was during his time in college, that the Lord used a Campus Crusade staff member to bring Bill to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He later helped found the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter at the University, and became its first president.
Bill graduated from college in 1976, and then served four years in the U. S. Army as a Quartermaster at Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his time in the Army, Bill began to feel led to pursue the Gospel ministry, and enrolled first at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near Boston, Massachusetts. After two years, he transferred to Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, because he wanted to pursue ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Bill has served churches in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Carbondale, Illinois, and at Malvern Hills PCA in Asheville, North Carolina, before coming to Covenant Reformed.
He and his wife, Cecelia, met at a singles Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and were married in 1983. They have three boys, Andrew, Joshua, and Daniel.