Darla Wilkinson, Office Manager
My parents served in vocational ministry where I heard the gospel of Christ as a child. I responded to God’s work in my heart early in life, but at the age of eighteen I made a firm public profession that I was a sinner who needed the salvation only Christ could give. I continued to grow in my relationship with the Lord as a young adult, and, later, while serving in international student ministry I sensed the Lord calling me to prepare for a ministry of Christian counseling. I went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for training. And for the last decade I have enjoyed the privilege of working with women in both the church and parachurch organizations, helping them realize the truth and grace of Christ during the trials of life. My husband, Michael, and I moved to Louisville in 2013 for him to continue his training at Southern Seminary. We began attending Clifton soon after our arrival to the city. And the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to begin serving on staff in May 2014.
Mark Smith, Minister of Administration & Children’s Ministries
The Lord blessed me with two faithful Christian parents who made church a priority in my home throughout my childhood. This regular exposure to the preaching and teaching of the Bible, as well as my parents’ intentionality in teaching me to pray, read the Bible, and repent, were the means by which God brought conviction and faith to me. I accepted Christ as a child and was baptized several months after making my profession of faith. During college, I sensed a growing desire for pastoral work and began training for vocational ministry. My wife, Melissa, and I moved to Louisville immediately after our wedding as I continued that training at Southern Seminary. The Lord has blessed us with two sons, Micah and Gabriel. Our family has been at Clifton since we came to Louisville, and I have had the privilege of serving on staff since September of 2012.