Born in 1972, Clayton was put up for adoption by his fifteen-year-old mother and was adopted by a loving family in the Upstate of South Carolina. He sensed a call to ministry at the age of fourteen and began speaking in churches, youth groups, and local prisons as a young teenager. As Secretary of the National Beta Club, he began speaking to secular audiences and developed communication skills as well as leadership abilities before entering college as a Presidential Scholar at Gardner-Webb University. He now spends his time traveling, preaching and speaking at churches, conferences, and leadership events, as well as running Crossroads/Clayton King Ministries, the non-profit organization he founded in 1995. His ministry offers summer camps, student conferences, outreach opportunities, mentoring, and a yearly Coaching Networks where he pours into ministry leaders. He is married to Sharie and they enjoy working, writing, and speaking together. He is the father of Jacob and Joseph, ages 16 and 13. He loves good books, black coffee, four-wheelers, and anything that gets him outside and in the woods.