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"You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me." - Psalm 40:11 This is a sometimes monthly column concerning the truth of Christ Jesus and the issues that face our world as published in various newspapers and journals by Pastor Dave Seaford. You can return to the home page of the church by going to:

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Clayton King

Faith Bible brings Clayton King Back to Cortez

One of the truly great events in Cortez in the last decade was a visit to our area by the one and only King of Teens, Clayton King. Clayton is probably known better back East than he is here but believe me, if once you ever experienced Clayton, you will just never quite be the same. When I asked some of the teens last year what they thought about Clayton and his ministry to Cortez they said things like: “He’s a nut.” “That guy is crazy.” And my personal favorite: “Who was that unmasked man”?

It is true that when God made Clayton, He threw the mold away. It may also be true, as someone else said that the world just could not take more than one Clayton King! For what ever the reason, God has uniquely gifted Clayton to reach youth in a powerful and impacting way.

The first time I ever heard Clayton speak, I think he was about 18 years old. When I saw him walk on the stage with his baby face and about a 1000 very tough teenagers standing in anticipation, I thought to myself, “this kids in trouble.” But that night Clayton showed something of what God was going to do with his life. Many teens stood in disbelief and some in tears as Clayton laid it all out and many of those tough teens made life changing decisions.

If you know a teenager that just needs to hear it straight or that needs someone just to get in their face, Clayton King may be a genuine God send. Come this Tuesday Evening, March 22nd and bring your entire family for FREE Pizza at 6pm and at 7pm the Teen Rally will kick off with music and a great time. The event will be held at the old Iron Body Gym location at 2310 E. Empire, next to the Cortez Christian Church. The event has been endorsed by the Montezuma Ministerial Alliance and sponsored and underwritten by many of its member churches.

I can promise you, it will not be an evening you will soon forget!

Born in 1972, Clayton was adopted at 3 weeks old and raised in a Christian home in Fountain Inn, SC. God saved him when he was 14 years old, and the same night he was saved he felt God call him into the ministry. He surrendered to that call and since age 14 has preached to almost 2 million people in 22 countries and 45 states.

Clayton graduated from of Gardner-Webb University in 1995 with a degree in Religious Studies as the Graduate of the Year and a Presidential Scholar. He is currently enrolled in seminary with a concentration in Missions. He, his wife Charie,and his son Jacob live in Boiling Springs NC along with their dog Taylor.
Clayton speaks to over 200,000 people annually on college campuses for FCA, InterVarsity, BSU, and Campus Crusade for Christ. He also speaks at numerous national youth conferences, camps, and retreats, as well as dozens of youth rallies and churches of different denominations. Audiences of all ages respond to his honest and clear style of sharing the Gospel as well as his down-home personality and quick sense of humor. He speaks on various topics depending on his audience, including marriage, missions, music, dating, motivational talks for non-religious events, and discipleship. But above all, he is called to preach the gospel and call people to salvation in Christ.

Clayton is the Founder and President of Crossroads Worldwide. This non-profit, interdenominational ministry began in 1995 and now includes Crossroads Summer Camps, Winter Conferences, Ministry Summits, Ministry Forums, and Mission trips. He is the author of 3 books and the founder of two bands; Monogamous Fish (1995-1997) and Adam's Housecoat (1997-present). The bands have recorded a total of 8 records; 3 of all original songs and 5 praise and worship albums. Their sound has been compared to Third Day, Train, and Vertical Horizon. Clayton's "The 'Rassling Song" was heard regularly for 3 years on the Johnboy and Billy Big Show (but Clayton has since quit watching wrestling for obvious reasons).

He loves to read theology, apologetics, and adventure. His favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack London, Watchman Nee, Ravi Zacharias, G.K Chesterton, John Piper and Mark Twain. His favorite bands are U2, Third Day, Mike Knott, The Lost Dogs, Allison Kraus, Vigilantes of Love, Over the Rhine, King's X, and Johnny Cash.

Clayton loves the outdoors, tomato sandwiches, Jeeps, dirt bikes, good movies, backpacking, bass fishing, dogs, cold weather, the Grand Canyon, the Smoky mountains, the Dukes of Hazzard, and most of all his lovely and talented wife, Charie. He collects action figures and belt buckles and would rather work on a tractor than just about anything in the whole wide world. He is obsessed with his little boy Jacob and they plan to build a really big fort in the woods soon.

You need to meet and hear this man!