Dr. Clifton Howard serves as District Superintendent (DS) for the South District of the Central Texas Conference. Dr. Howard has been in ministry in the Central Texas Conference (CTC) for more than 30 years and prior to this appointment served as the senior pastor of St. Andrew’s UMC in Arlington, Texas. During his three decades of service, he has led 12 different and diverse congregations in rural, urban and suburban settings, and served as the Brownwood (now West) District Superintendent from 2001-03 and as the Waco (now Central) DS from 2003-09.
Though he has been in church and district leadership positions since 1982, Dr. Howard first and foremost understands himself as a disciple of Christ – a disciple that is continually learning and growing in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ.
“I am really counting on and trusting that God’s grace will be sufficient as I step into the mission fields of the South District,” Dr. Howard has said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to be in ministry with our brothers and sisters throughout the South District, and experiencing first hand just how God is at work in the South District.” Throughout his years of ministry, Dr. Howard has focused the efforts of those he was leading towards “making disciples of Jesus Christ – ever growing and moving forward in faithfulness to the one who died and rose for the world.”
Dr. Howard and his wife, Barbara, have one son, Cory, daughter-in-law, Lili, and four grandchildren—Daisy, Kaitly, Cristian and Matthew. He enjoys basketball, tennis, golf, watching television and movies.