Carver Bank Vice President Speaks at Flipper Chapel


Claudia Clark
Claudia Clark

Carver State Bank Vice President Claudia Clarke was the guest speaker at the worship service at Flipper Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 26. The service theme highlighted the Church’s Capital Campaign.

Clarke told the congregation that she was very proud to speak at Flipper Chapel since she grew up in the Carver Village community (now called Carver Heights). Flipper is located on Pitt Street very near Carver Village. She described the closely-knit community that she remembered where neighbors knew each other and you were disciplined and cared for by all adults, even those who were not related to you. “I can remember walking from Pearl Lee Smith School, down Pitt Street, and passing Flipper Chapel on my way home from school, and we did not have to worry about drugs, robbery or kidnapping. I feel sad that our children now who have to grow up in a world where they do have to worry about these things,” she said.

As requested by Reverend Carol King, the Pastor of Flipper Chapel, Clarke addressed finances during her address. “Many of the teachings of Jesus were about money and possessions… twenty-seven out of forty-three parables in the Bible are metaphors about for the subject of money,” she said. Clarke told the congregation that the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil, but it does not say that possessing money is the root of all evil. Clarke used examples from her work in a financial services business and her experiences as a parent to captivate, motivate and teach the people who attended the service.

A veteran member of the Carver State Bank management team, Clarke has been the manager of the bank’s new branch office at the corner of Eisenhower Drive and Skidaway Road since it opened on December 11, 2007. She has almost 25 years of banking experience at Carver, as well as 8 years of marketing and management experience in the cosmetics industry.

Clarke started her banking career at Carver in 1979, and worked as a teller, administrative assistant, loan administrator, compliance officer, supervisor of the loan servicing department and regulatory compliance officer. She was named Assistant Vice President in 2001 and Vice President and Senior Lending Officer in 2005. From 1993 to 2001, Clarke worked for Carson Products Company, rising to the position of International Operations Manager.

In addition to completing business classes at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Clarke has earned numerous banking and professional certificates.

Clarke is a director of Wesley Community Center, Community Help, Inc., and the Community Housing Services Agency. She has also served on Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and is a member of the NAACP Minority Business Outreach Task Force. An active member of Speedwell United Methodist Church, Clarke currently serves as President of Speedwell’s United Methodist Women organization and is Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. She is married to Albert Clarke and they are the parents of two adult children.

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