My name’s Clay and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary from Birmingham, Alabama.
The story of me getting to Christ in the City is very shocking and abrupt. My first year of college was a rollercoaster of darkness and sin and then a beautiful reversion back into my faith for the first time in years. At the end of the year I went to speak to my former teacher at my catholic high school who is a Dominican Sister from Nashville. She was convinced I would fall back into sin during the Summer and so she got in touch with some of her Denver contacts and found a spot for me in this year’s Summer of Service program. She also fundraised all the money needed from benefactors I still do not know. I came to Christ in the City in May and fell in love with my faith, the missionary community, and the poor. I saw that the Year of Service needed men and decided to ask the Lord if he wanted me to stay. He responded with a resounding yes! Now I believe I am called to continue my work here at Christ in the City for the Year.
I am looking forward to learning more deeply about the souls of the homeless. I want to see them in a new light and truly recognize Jesus’ smile even in their worst moments. My mission for the year will be allowing Jesus to do “surgery” on my heart and allow me to love all people in a truly all-consuming way.
I am the third of four brothers from Birmingham, Alabama. I attend Auburn University in Southeast Alabama(War Eagle!) and was studying Political Science before deciding to head God’s missionary call. I am a history buff and also love watching, talking about, and playing sports. My favorite food is Gumbo cooked by my New Orleanian mother and after CIC I want to be a father(spiritual or biological).