Pastor Clay was born and raised in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He graduated from San Francisco college of mortuary science in 1985. It was during his early years as a funeral director that Clay felt the call of God on his life to become a Bible teacher. He attended Western Bible Institute and Berean Bible College. Upon graduation and ordination Pastor Clay served as an associate pastor at two churches. In November of 2002 Pastor Clay and Kelly started Lighthouse Fellowship. Pastor Clay and Kelly have two sons, Brody and Cole, who are married to Chelsea and Alyssa respectively and they have two grandchildren. They currently reside in Buckeye, Arizona.