New Faces of Wesley
Meet first-year Master of Divinity student and Christian Youth Director Clay Chandler.
Clay hails from Allen, Texas and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas (Austin, Texas). “Hook ‘em, horns!" shouted Clay, with the enthusiasm of a proud alumnus!
Clay’s journey to Wesley began at the recommendation of a friend who mentioned Wesley in conversation while working together one summer. That encounter urged Clay to consider Wesley Theological Seminary for his theological studies.
Wesley’s dedication to social equality and its diverse and formative academia that prepares students to engage ministry effectively solidified Wesley as Clay's seminary of choice. “Wesley's commitment to social justice and its formational curriculum drew me,” shared Clay.
Clay is currently serving as a Youth Director at Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna, VA. With a passion for ministry and a history of serving as a Youth Intern at both Suncreek UMC and Project Transformation, Clay hopes to continue to grow and serve in ministry within The United Methodist Church. "I hope to become ordained as an Elder," said Clay.
Something we don’t know about Clay: “Two of my favorite hobbies are Dungeons and Dragons and Ultimate Frisbee. I also have a black belt in Tang Soo Do. As of now, I am very out of practice,” shared Clay.
Something that inspires Clay: "Something that inspires me, especially during this time, is a quote on my wall from the Talmud:"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."
"I love this quote because it challenges you without the intent to overwhelm you. It lets you off the hook without letting you off the hook. It reminds me that I can't fix everything and that I should keep pushing in spite of that."
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