Thomas Clarke, priest, evangelist, 4th October 1793

He was a burning and shining light, doing the work of an evangelist in season and out of season, that all might be repent and be converted unto God…

Born in 1719, and educated at Brasenose, he served his title at Amersham where his evangelical zeal made him unpopular with some and loved by others. He became incumbent of the then rural parish of Chesham Bois in 1767 and founded a school and was involved in education all his life. His ministry as one of ‘The Evangelicals’ had a profound impact on the Church of his day. A plaque erected 40 years after his death states, ‘He was an able, a learned and a holy man; always abounding in the work of the Lord in his parish, in his ministry, and in his school….He was a burning and shining light, doing the work of an evangelist in season and out of season, that all might be repent and be converted unto God…’