Dr. Clémot (her name rhymes with “Hello!”) comes to us from Princeton, New Jersey, and is thrilled to part of our community. Fully trained as an interim pastor, Dr. Clémot recently completed a three-year term as Interim Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen and also served as a trustee for the Presbytery of Elizabeth (NJ). She previously served for three years as Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Smithtown, NY.
A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Clémot was awarded prizes for her writing on leadership among clergy in the Black church and on Christian Ethics. She was also chosen to represent the student body on the Seminary President Search Committee in her senior year. In 2020 Rev. Clémot completed her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Ethics under the supervision of Professor Luke Bretherton at Duke Divinity School .
Dr. Clémot is a second career pastor. She is a 1987 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she wrote her law journal article on the First Amendment Freedom of Religion clause. Dr. Clémot practiced international corporate law for two decades in New York, London, and Paris (under her maiden name Ellen Clark) before following a persistent call to ministry. Dr Clémot graduated from Brown University, magna cum laude, with a double major in Religious Studies and Creative Writing and spent her junior year of college studying in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2020 at Duke Divinity School with a focus on Christian leadership and the Christian ethic of welcome.
Ellen is married to André-Louis Clémot, whom she met while on a work assignment in France. They lived in Paris for several years before returning to the US with their daughters Annabelle, a Construction Project Engineer in Princeton and 2017 graduate of Brown University, and Amélie, a 2018 graduate of Wesleyan University, currently working for social justice in Washington DC.