“JESUS is Better” is the testimony of Brad Clarke.
Brad applied to Everyman’s after hearing of his friend, former Rep John Turner RAAF Base Amberley, was no longer able to serve because of his ill health. John had brought his son to see Brad in 2009 as his High School Chaplain. A prayer partnership began where Brad received the Everyman’s On Patrol Newsletter and Monthly Prayer Notes and supported the ministry of Everyman’s over the following 10 years.
Another twist was presented when Brad informed his mother of his accepted application to join Everyman’s Welfare Service.
Surprised, Jane explained that her yet to be husband soldier, a Rat of Tobruk, and Brad’s father, was lead to faith in Christ one Brisbane night in1944. Gordon Sadler a Rep for Everyman’s, accompanied a drunk George Clarke to his hotel room and shared the gospel with him. George accepted Jesus and his life was transformed from a womanising, swearing drunk to an evangelist Bible teacher. George knew, “Jesus is BETTER”.
After Brad completed his bricklayer apprenticeship he became a Timber Estimator. Brad completed Bible College training and served as Church Pastor and Elder for ten years and Growing Families Ministry Coordinator for six years.
Brad then studied a Bachelor of Business CQU (Majoring in Human Resource Management and Occupational Health and Safety), Brad served four years as a Health and Safety Coordinator before spending three years serving as a P-12 College Chaplain.
Brad became a Christ Follower at age 10 and was baptised at age 15 on the 9/9/1979. Being married for 34 years, Brad married his beautiful wife Debbie in 1986. They have three adult sons Benjamin, Lemuel and Jeberson.
Brad feels the call of God upon his life to use his skills and life experience to be a witness to defence personnel that “Jesus IS Better” through the work of Everyman’s at RAAF Base Amberley.
Brad is grateful for his family and church support and the encouragement of Phil Marshall and Richard Gibson in this new adventure. The verse confirming the call the day Ken Matthews, the Chief Commission, rang to accept Brad into Everyman’s came from Jeremiah 1:7-8.
“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, I am a youth”, for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak, do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you”, says the Lord. “
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