Rev. Clay Horton is looking forward to partnering with the work God is already doing at Vista Ridge UMC. He has a heart for helping people grow in their relationship with God and their neighbors. Clay is compassionate about mission work, believing we are all gifted to serve Christ and neighbor. He believes the church, when empowered by the Holy Spirit, can and should be the greatest force for good in the world.
For the past four years, Clay has served as the Associate Pastor of Serving Ministries at Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound. During this time, he helped the church move to a model of mission that empowers each person to find their spot serving in the community and world. From helping lead an interfaith Habitat for Humanity build to creating a multi-racial group to have conversations about race, Clay believes that Christ continually calls us to build relationships with people who look, believe, think, and act differently than ourselves. Clay also helped connect the church with a mentoring program that partners members of Trietsch with Hedrick Elementary School through the Communities in Schools program. He has witnessed these relationships producing fruit for the school, the children, the church, and the mentors.
Before serving at Trietsch, Clay served two years as a church start pastor for Christ UMC Princeton, a plant of Christ UMC Plano. He did his internship at FUMC Allen. While in seminary, Clay was part of a new monastic community and participated in inner city youth ministry while developing a rhythm of prayer and focusing on community development and neighboring. Clay began his ministry as a youth director at A&M UMC in College Station. Clay is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in Communication and a minor in Business. He received his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2013. He was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in 2013 and was ordained as an Elder in 2016. He currently serves on the North Central District Committee on Ordained Ministry.
Clay and his wife Errinne both grew up in Coppell, TX, were high school sweethearts, and have been married for 10 years. They have two small children, seven and six years old and a Labradoodle named Amani (Swahili for peace). Clay likes outdoor activities such as hiking mountains, camping, cooking, traveling, family bike rides, and spending time going on adventures with his family.