Francis Edward Clark Edit Profile
Accompanied by his young wife, Harriet Abbott, he accepted the pastorate of Williston Congregational Church in Portland, Me., where on Feb. 2, 1881, he organized his group of young people into the first society of Christian Endeavor, in the belief that young people should be trained in Christian living in an organization which could observe their special problems.
Many other societies worldwide were soon organized after the Williston pattern, and Dr. Clark was persuaded to give his entire time to youth work. The United Society of Christian Endeavor (later called the International Society) was formed in 1885, the World's Christian Endeavor Union was organized in 1895, and Dr. Clark served as president of these two organizations for nearly 40 years. During this time he traveled widely, making five trips around the world, and distinguished himself as a prolific writer and editor, responsible for books on travel, religion, and youth work. He was received many times by royalty and organized Christian work in many lands. Dr. Clark died in Boston on May 26, 1927, honored as a world-renowned religious leader.