Tom Kingsley Clark: My Grandad, My Hero! - Craig Clark

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…this heart and the way he lived putting the needs of others before his own, is something I have seen instinctively in my Dad’s life…

This man has had a profound impact on my life, yet we never got to meet.

Sadly, his life ended short when my father was only 12, but how it ended really encapsulated the life he modelled. He died saving two girls from drowning as he swam out and kept them afloat until help came. As he lifted them to up to safety, he went under and passed away… He gave his life so others could live.

I know for me that it’s this heart and the way he lived putting the needs of others before his own, is something I have seen instinctively in my Dad’s life, my own life and I even notice already in my 9yr old son:  a clear generational echo through the legacy my hero lived.

The amazing thing is that his personal impact extends so much further. At the time he passed he was the Sunday School teacher at his local country church, and it was here my mother- in-law heard about Jesus and as a young girl discovered the love of Christ even though she lived in an unbelieving home. Fast forward a few decades and today I am living my life building the church, loving people and cherishing family all with the girl of my dreams. If Grandad hadn’t led in kids’ church and introduced Nadia’s mum to Christ as a young girl, I can honestly say I don’t know where I’d be.

The reality is we will never know the full impact our lives are having, but one thing is for sure, that when we live a life centred on God, live with people as our personal priority, the generations will declare the goodness of God, and our lives will echo into eternity.


Craig Clark
Campus Pastor
LIFE Melbourne


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