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Wayne Clark is a retired United Methodist minister. He has been a member of the Iowa conference UMC under appointment for forty-two years. Wayne has had a dual career in parish ministry and as a therapist. He has served congregations in Iowa as a pastor and as a District Superintendent and appointments beyond the local church. Wayne has a Doctor of Ministry focusing on Pastoral Psychotherapy with special interest in the impact genetics has on couples and families. He also has certification in Pastoral Counseling from Care and Counseling, St. Louis, Missouri. Before retiring full-time, Wayne was an approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family, a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Wayne has been published in professional journals and magazines. He has given presentations at national and
regional conferences for AAMFT and AAPC, Hospice, and the United Methodist Board of Ministry. Since retirement, Wayne has volunteered in numerous ways but particularly enjoyed his work with a local therapeutic horse riding
program designed for children and adults.
Wayne wrote his first Christmas Storybook in 1977 followed by stories every year since. He folds messages for both children and adults into each story. Wayne’s wife, Susan, is a retired nurse. They have two children, Nathan and Nicole Jones. Nicole’s husband, Andrew, is also an important part of their lives. Wayne and Susan live in Ankeny, Iowa, where Wayne maintains a small counseling practice and continues to write.