Pastor Cliff Acklam was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended the University of St. Andrews for a Bachelor’s in Divinity and Edinburgh for his Master of Theology. Originally ordained in the Church of Scotland, he served in the British Army as a Chaplain and several churches in Scotland. Pastor Cliff moved to the U.S. in 2018 and had been serving a church in New York state until recently. He transferred to the Presbytery of the Highlands of New Jersey in early January 2023.
Pastor Cliff is married to Maxine, and they have one daughter in college and three small children the aged 3, 5 and 6.
After a few short weeks at UPC, Pastor Cliff is enjoying his new calling as he gets to know congregation members and seeks to become involved in the community. His passion for scripture enables him to make it relatable to today’s world and the day-to-day life we lead. His sense of humor and outgoing, warm, caring personality are receiving praise from the welcoming and friendly, multi-generational congregation.