Meet Clay

Since 1994, Clay has served as Lead Pastor of Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, SC.  God has done amazing things:

  • Worship attendance grew from 280 to 1,500 while the community grew 4%.
  • The church relocated to a new 65 acre site.
  • The church became multi-site in 2017.
  • Hundreds of people have taken their “next step” toward Jesus.

One demographer said, “A church like Alice Drive isn’t supposed to exist in a place like Sumter, SC.

Some other things about Clay that might interest you:

  • He grew up on a working cattle and citrus operation in Central Florida.  His brother, sister, and he still operate the ranch.
  • He went to Samford University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., 1992).
  • He is married to the amazing Gina, who is a counselor in private practice.
  • He has three children with ACC ties:  Abram (Duke); Hannah (UNC-Chapel Hill); and Sarah (Clemson).
  • He is the author of numerous articles and the book Pipes: God’s Spiritual Gifts Flowing Through You. (click to order).
  • He loves talking about church and Kingdom growth!