Sep 21, 2010

Clayton King new campus pastor

by Taylor Overhultz


For six years, Clayton King has been reaching Liberty students with his down-home southern humor and passion for the Gospel.  This year, King’s presence on campus will be more frequent as he fills the role of campus pastor on Wednesday nights.

King said his decision to take the position was instant.

“I love this school and the students, and after six years of preaching here, it was something I knew I would love,” King said.

“Clayton King is as genuine as they come, he knows the word, and he knows his audience,” senior campus pastor Dwayne Carson said. “He is a tremendous communicator and is able to connect his audience to the word.”

King is the founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide, a nonprofit, interdenominational ministry designed to preach the Gospel, make disciples, support youth and college leaders and build a community among believers, according to the Crossroads website. He is currently the teaching pastor at Newspring Church in Shelby, N.C., but devotes most of his ministry to traveling and teaching students.

“I love preaching to all ages, but I find college students and young adults to be the most open, sensitive and responsive to the gospel right now, so I am investing much of my time preaching and teaching college students and young adults,” King said.

King’s unique method of preaching regularly draws from his experience growing up in North Carolina.

“I had a great childhood, my parents were simple, hardworking, country people who gave us lots of love and discipline, taught us to work hard and tell the truth and get up early and modeled the Christian life for us,” King said.

King answered the call to ministry at the age of 14 and shortly after began preaching in prisons and churches.

“I felt called to ministry on the night that I accepted Christ,” King said. “So, I was saved and then about an hour later I surrendered my life to God to preach the gospel.”

In the fall semester, King will be teaching on giving, maturity, spiritual growth and what it means to be a radical disciple.  In the spring, King plans to teach on relationships and will bring his wife along to share and to take questions from the audience.

“I want to be pastor and shepherd on Wednesday nights, teaching truth that will help students walk with Christ and know and love Him more,” King said. “I plan to simply preach and teach from a text of scripture, verse by verse, without much fanfare or tricks.” 

King has two boys ages 5 and 8 and has been married to his wife Charie for 11 years.

Overhultz is the assistant news editor. 

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