Born in 1972, Clayton was put up for adoption by his 15 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 14 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, Clayton was President of the Honors Program and Alpha Chi, as well as the Outstanding Male Graduate of the Year in 1995.  He now spends his time traveling, preaching and speaking in churches, conferences and leadership events, as well as running Crossroads/Clayton King Ministries, which is the non-profit organization he founded in 1995.  His ministry offers summer camps, student conferences, leadership and coaching networks, and a daily radio ministry in partnership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  He is married to Sharie and they enjoy working, writing, and speaking together.  He is the father of Jacob and Joseph, ages 12 and 9.  He loves good books, black coffee, four-wheelers and anything that gets him outside and in the woods.  He has also killed three bears and he can talk backwards.

Quick Facts:

Founder and President of Crossroads Summer Camps, Crossroads Missions, and Clayton King Ministries

Author of 12 books including "True Love Project" (re-launch of True Love Waits)

Teaching Pastor at NewSpring Church

Distinguished Professor of Evangelism, Anderson University

Graduate of Gardner-Webb University

I met Clayton King in the Spring of 1995 during his senior year at Gardner-Webb University. One didn’t have to spend much time around Clayton to learn that he loved his family, wrestling, and sports. But it was amazingly apparent to me that his greatest love was for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For nineteen years, I was privileged to have a front row seat to witness the impact of Clayton’s ministry as he made his home in Boiling Springs, NC and Gardner-Webb University hosted Crossroads Summer Camps. The theme for the last summer camp prior to the ministry’s relocation to Anderson, SC was “The Gospel.” No theme could be more fitting in describing Clayton King. He is “not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believers” (Romans 1:16). Clayton King is the one and only speaker I try to schedule annually for our weekly college chapel program.
— Tracy C. Jessup, Vice President for Christian Life and Service, Gardner Webb University
Clayton and Sharie King were used mightily by God at our recent Converge Collegiate Conference. The weekend was focused on relationships and Clayton and Sharie used God’s word and their personal experiences to speak powerfully into the lives of students. During the weekend, we saw many come to know the Lord for the first time, others who accepted God’s call to missions/ministry and still others who accepted God’s healing and plan for their relationships. I cannot recommend any speakers higher than Clayton and Sharie. Their desire to glorify God, to be true to God’s word, to minister to students and to serve the needs of the conference leaders demonstrates their genuine Christian faith and witness. We look forward to having them back to lead and influence our students in the future.
— Ken Owens, Collegiate Ministry Director, South Carolina Baptist Convention