Clay is HUSBAND to his lovely wife Gail. They were married on July 8, 2000 at St. Paul Parish in Richmond, BC, Canada. High school sweethearts since 1989, Gail was the one who introduced Clay to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Gail is a grade two teacher at St. Paul Elementary School in Richmond, BC. She is among the most forgiving and understanding women in the entire world.
Clay is FATHER to sons Sean Isaiah and Jacob Isaac and daughter Kayla Marie. Sean was born on August 2, 2001, Jake was born on September 16, 2003, and Kayla was born on December 21, 2007. Sean loves music, sports, and playing video games. Jake loves to make up games to play and has large collections of Angry Birds t-shirts and girlfriends. Kayla loves to dance, hula hoop, and dress up like a princess.
Clay is a YOUTH MINISTER in the Catholic Church and presently serves as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. He has held this position since December 2002. Before that, he served as a parish youth minister for 9 years.
Clay is a dynamic SPEAKER who brings passion, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to his presentations. Whether it’s addressing teens at a youth rally, speaking to adults at a conference, or emceeing a wedding or special occasion, he is reliable, trustworthy, and unflappable. See some of his past and future speaking engagements here.
Clay is a WRITER who loves to share his thoughts on family, faith, ministry, and the Vancouver Canucks. Aside from maintaining his own blog, Clay writes regular columns for Canadian Catholic, Canadian Youth Worker, Canucks Hockey Blog, and Vancity Buzz.
Clay graduated from Richmond Senior Secondary School and then obtained his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from UBC. After UBC, Clay did work in accounting, human resources, and financial planning, all the while serving as a parish youth ministry coordinator at St. Paul Parish in Richmond. After World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Clay obtained his current position as Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, a role he considers his “dream job.”
Although Clay has serious responsibilities, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He loves to spend time with his family, play music (piano and drums), play sports (basketball and volleyball are his faves), play naptime, write blogs, and speak to audiences. He loves serving the church and the people in it, and is motivated and inspired by the youth ministers, volunteers, and young people he encounters.
He realized a long time ago that he wasn’t cool, so he doesn’t bother trying to fake it. Anyone who has seen him dance or try to dress hip can attest to this.