Clarke, Charles Joseph (1903-1984)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CHARLES JOSEPH CLARKE: born at Hawkwell, Essex, on 22nd March, 1903. He served in Sheffield and Folkestone as a Lay Pastor prior to entering college at Hartley. After his training he served in the following circuits: Chelmsford, Kings Lynn, Bradford Mission, Hull (North), Newmarket Mission, Southampton Mission, West Wight, Hasbury and Halesowen, and Ely. In 1967 he retired and returned to Essex to live in Little Wakering. 

He was a quiet man who loved people and was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him. One of his great delights was to talk with them about his vision of Renewal within his own Methodist Church and share the burden he had for Revival within the whole world-wide Christian Church. Early in his ministry he started a publication named ‘Quest’ which later merged with ‘Renewal Magazine’. He was also a founder member of the present ‘Dunamis’ magazine to which he contributed regularly. Within the Renewal Movement he was much sought after as a conference speaker and teacher and he travelled through Ireland, Germany and Holland as well as the United Kingdom. 

During recent years, although affected by ill health, he continued to carry out his preaching and counselling in the Southend Circuit. He enjoyed so much the company of young people who visited him at his home. He died peacefully on 25th June, 1984, in the eighty-second year of his age and the fifty-sixth year of his ministry.


Charles was born on 22 March 1903 at Hawkwell, Essex, to parents Joseph, a greengrocer (1911), and Emily.

He married Helen Muriel Tibbles (1903-1959) in late 1932 in the Rochford Registration District, Essex. Birth records identify two children.

  • David J (b1934)
  • Colin T (b1939)

Charles died on 25 June 1984 in the Southend on Sea Registration District, Essex.


  • 1925 Dover & Folkstone
  • 1927 Hartley
  • 1930 Chelmsford
  • 1932 Kings Lynn
  • 1936 Bradford Mission
  • 1940 Bradford Central Hall
  • 1943 Hull North
  • 1948 Newmarket M
  • 1952 Southampton M
  • 1956 West Wight
  • 1961 Hasbury &c
  • 1964 Ely
  • 1967 Southend (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1985/63

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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