Clayton felt the call to pastoral ministry as a youth intern at a large church in Palm Desert, CA. He attended Biola University and graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies.
He then went on to complete a Master of Arts in Theology from Westminster Seminary in California. While at Westminster, the Session of Grace Presbyterian Church in Yorba Linda called him to plant a church in Palm Desert. In 2002 Clayton and Kristi and their family moved back to the desert and planted Providence Presbyterian Church. Clayton pastored Providence Presbyterian until 2018, when he accepted the Interim Pastor position at Christ Church.
Clayton and his wife, Kristi, have four children and reside in Chino Hills, CA.