Reverend Michael loves fishing in the Credit River near the Church.
Biographical Overview Rev. Michael F. Clarke, C.M., MDiv, BA.
Michael was born in 1954 at Windsor Ontario and raised in Brampton from age 10. He graduated from the California Centre for Biblical Studies in Culver City California in 1974, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from York University, Toronto in 1979 and college certificates in Policing from the Ontario Police College, Aylmer Ontario in 1980. From Wycliffe College, University of Toronto he received a graduate diploma in Christian Studies in 1998 and a Masters of Divinity degree in 2002.
Michael is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. He has worked with mentally challenged adults and with senior citizens in residential programs. For 7 years he served as a Peel Regional Police officer. For six years he was director of Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre for Street Youth in Toronto, and for three and a half years was Minister of Youth & Community Outreach at Trinity Anglican Church in Streetsville. He is co-founder and past Executive Director of The Dam Youth Drop-in Counseling Centre for marginalized teens in Mississauga. Under his leadership the Dam won the YMCA’s Canada Peace Medal in 1996. In 2002 he was Executive Director of The Scott Mission, Toronto one of the largest inner city missions to the poor in Canada. He served as the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin.
In 2001 Michael was appointed by an Order In Council as a part time Community Member of the Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board and served in that capacity for over ten years. He instructed 14 years part time at Humber College in the Police Foundations Program.
Michael has traveled extensively throughout the world conducting training conferences and program analyses with outreach staff working with street youth. This work took him twice to Romania, to Kenya in East Africa, South and Central America, twice to Mexico, to the USA, across Canada and several times to the Arctic.
Michael has three children, a son, Aaron who is a PhD research scientist and professor in visual neuroscience in Ankara Turkey; a daughter, Amy, a trained chef who is married to Shaun, a Canadian Forces Chaplain and together are raising three boys, Edwin, Clarke and Eli, and a girl, Jubilee; and a daughter Sarah who is a graduate of University of Toronto, and raising a daughter Trinity. Michael married Tina in 2001 and together they live in Brampton where Tina currently serves Christ Church Brampton as Director of Family Ministries. Michael is the Rector of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Hornby ON.
The Police Commissioners Commendation for Excellence from the Peel Regional Police board of Commissioners
The Ontario Top Fraud Investigator award from the International Association of Credit Card Investigators
The Toronto Healthy City Citizen's Award from Mayor June Rowlands for his work with street youth in Toronto
The Canada Peace Medal from the YMCA for the establishment of The Dam in Mississauga and again as a board member of Sanctuary Ministries in Toronto
The Order of Canada from the Governor General for work with marginalized youth both in Canada and abroad.
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal for work with marginalized youth