Pastor Meg Jackson Clark
The boat listed in the wind; the hull turned up at a 45-degree angle. It was terrifying and exciting at once. I was a young girl, aboard the big sailboat that belonged to our neighbors. They were experienced sailors, able to navigate their boat into the wind until we were cutting across the water as fast as a motorboat. It required attention and intention as well as the knowledge that only comes with experience.
In the original languages of the Bible, the word for wind, breath and Spirit are one and the same. In the beginning, Genesis tells us, a wind from God blew across the face of the waters. Or was it the Spirit? In the book of Acts, there is a sound like the rush of a violent wind when the disciples of Jesus receive the Holy Spirit. The wind continues to be a powerful metaphor for the Holy Spirit – its power both exhilarating and sometimes terrifying, its gentleness cool and comforting. The wind blows where it will, Jesus told Nicodemus. You hear the sound of it but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with the Spirit – we can’t know where she comes from or where she is going, when she might arrive and where she might take us.
Leaning into the Spirit, like leaning into the wind on a sailboat, is not for the faint of heart. It is an
adventure, one best taken with companions. Here at First Presbyterian of Greensboro, we are in the
midst of a season of learning to lean into and move with the Spirit. Our guidebook for our journey is the
book “Sailboat Church” by Joan S. Gray, who will be leading us in worship this fall.
If you long to feel the power of the Spirit in your life, if you need to feel the Spirit’s comforting balm, or
have the cobwebs blown out of your overwrought mind, we invite you to join us on the adventure of a
Meg Jackson Clark is our Pastor. She came to the Greensboro congregation in September, 2018. Most recently, Meg served as Pastor of Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA, while also working in the Coweta County Public Library System. Prior to her time there, she was Associate Pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Meg began her ministry in Atlanta as Chaplain at Piedmont Hospital.
Meg received her education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Meg is married to Steven Brown, her partner in life and ministry. Together they have three adult children - Andy Clark of Newnan, GA, Zack Brown and Stephanie Brown, both of South Carolina. They also have a granddaughter, Rowan Brown.
Meg and Steve have a life-long love of various types of music, and enjoy attending concerts, and adding their voices to the choir. Occasionally, Meg’s violin makes an appearance at worship. Meg leads a Book Club at the Greene County Library which focuses on inspirational books. Steven works at Reynolds, Lake Oconee, as well as contributing his talents at church.