Clay was born and raised in the Bay Area in Northern California. Growing up, he was a total video game nerd, but also enjoyed golfing with his dad. Before coming down to SoCal, he completed his B.A. in Philosophy at CSU Sacramento. During that time, he went on a summer missions trip and felt the call to vocational ministry. That led him to come down to Talbot School of Theology to pursue an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. He has continued to pursue training in multiple areas of church administration and ministry in order to be better equipped to serve the Lord. Clay is married to his lovely wife, Jen, and enjoys reading and hiking in his spare time.