My name is Dave Clark and I am a writer. It is not just what I do, but who I am. I left my home in Jackson, Michigan, when I was 17 and followed the song to Nashville, Tennessee. I wouldn’t wish those early years on anyone, but I am richer for the lessons time has taught me.
I have been married more than 40 years to the only math teacher I’ve ever had a crush on. Cindi and I met on a blind date, and I bought the ring two weeks later. Our home has known the laughter of three amazing children. Allison, Anna and Sam each bring a unique passion for life and are champions for Christ.
My most unlikely accomplishment is that nearly 30 years after graduating from high school, I enrolled as a first-time freshman at Nazarene Bible College and graduated Delta Epsilon Chi and ABHE Honor Society with a Bachelors Degree in Ministry.
In addition to writing words, my hobbies include editing video, playing any instrument with strings and standing in line for whatever Apple sells.
Creative Director for Lillenas Publishing, a Kansas City-based Christian music company.
Songwriting credits for songs recorded by artists including Rascal Flatts, Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty, Steve Green, 4HIM, Al Denson, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Glen Campbell, Donny Osmond, CeCe Winans, Michael Crawford, The Martins, and many others.
Producer of numerous records including two Grammy-nominated projects for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and producer of the “Get the Truth” recording for the American Bible Society.
One of three songwriters commissioned to set the concepts of Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” to music for an artist recording on Starsong Records.
Author of Worship Where You’re Planted and Living in the Power of My Weakness from Beacon Hill Press.
Author of more than 50 Christmas and Easter musicals performed each year in churches across the country.
Co-writer of the Christmas song “Strange Way to Save the World,” which has been recorded by dozens of artists including Michael Crawford and Rascal Flatts.
Awarded ASCAP’s Living Legacy Award in 2009 in honor of 25 #1 songs on the Christian Music Charts.
Has enjoyed at least one #1 song in five consecutive decades.
Multiple Dove Award winner
The Father Hath Provided – Larnelle Harris – 1987
I Can Begin Again – Larnelle Harris – 1989
Didn’t You Know – Larnelle Harris – 1991
Couldn’t We Stand – 4HIM – 1991
Be the One – Al Denson – 1991
Everything You Are – Larnelle Harris – 1991
Best of Friends – Sandy Patti – 1992
To Forgive – Al Denson – 1992
Why – 4HIM – 1992
Generation to Generation – Benson Artists – 1992
There Stands the Cost – Larnelle Harris – 1993
For Future Generations – 4HIM – 1994
Real Thing – 4HIM – 1995
Mercy Came Running – Phillips, Craig & Dean – 1996
Crucified With Christ - Phillips, Craig & Dean – 1996
As Long As My Heart Know It’s You – 4HIM – 1996
Living on a Ring and A Prayer – Wilcox & Pardoe – 1996
Land of Mercy – 4HIM – 1996
This is How it Feels to Be Free - Phillips, Craig & Dean
Mercy Said No – Greg Long – 1998
Marks of the Mission – Charles Billingsley – 2000
I’ve Got You Covered – Phillips, Craig & Dean – 2000
My Praise – Phillips, Craig & Dean – 2003
Life To the Living – Allen Asbury – 2005
One True God – Mark Harris – 2009
Pray Now - Karen Peck & New River - 2015
I Know I'll Be There - Karen Peck & New River - 2019
Child of the King - Joseph Habedank - 2022
Dance - Karen Peck and New River - 2023