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Episcopal Church at Cornell

Anabel Taylor Hall

Our chaplain, Clark R. West, arrived at Cornell in the summer of 2009
with his wife Sarah and their children, Cecilia and Anne. Their son, Amos, was born in 2010.

With deep roots at Cornell (grandfather George A. West ‘23, sister Susan
Sanchez ‘86) and a passionate love for the Finger Lakes, Clark is delighted to be on the Cornell campus. A graduate of Williams College (B.A. in religion ’89) and the University of Chicago Divinity School (M. Div ’97), and having served for 9 years as a parish priest, Clark completed his Ph.D dissertation at Syracuse University in 2013  in  continental philosophy of religion and  spirituality under the direction of Dr. John D. Caputo. He has over ten years of training in spiritual direction and  has a keen interest in the principles and practices of Ignatian spirituality and contemplative prayer.

In addition to his duties at ECC, Clark has helped with Cornell’s  Community Support Team and is  a past member of the board of Loaves and Fishes, a five day a week food ministry hosted by the Episcopal parish of St. John’s.

An avid walker,  errant photographer, and lover of twangy folk music,
Clark has relished the opportunity to serve as pastor, priest and teacher
to the students, faculty, and staff of Cornell. He announced his resignation in the spring of 2018 in order to follow his wife Sarah’s call to serve First Christian Church in Wadsworth, Ohio.

You can reach Clark at or by phone at 315.246.4148

His personal website/blog is at:

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