Clay is from Milwaukee, WI. God brought him to vital Christian faith during college after he renounced his nominal Christian beliefs in adolescence. He studied Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. After trying various things in this field, he determined that he was better suited to pastoral ministry. He was an active student leader at Campus Crusade at UWM and his local Baptist church, epikos. Currently, he serves as a pastoral intern here at Cross Park, and he studies at Reformed Theological Seminary, pursing an MDiv with an elective concentration in church planting. He hopes to partner with a PCA church-planting network back home in Wisconsin after graduation to plant and pastor Reformed, gospel-preaching churches there with his wife, Katie, and son, Gabriel.