When Clay Gibbons was six years old his family was invited to a vacation Bible school by a faithful man of God and member of a local Baptist church. At the end of that night's service the Gospel was presented, and Clay responded to the invitation. His soon to be youth leader led him to the Lord. Not long after, his family also accepted Christ, and they started attending church there faithfully. As Clay grew up the Lord put a burden on his heart to serve people and eventually that sharpened into a desire for ministry.
After preparing at Bob Jones University and Bob Jones Seminary for ministry, Clay began to ask the Lord where he should serve. When the door shut on a few other options the desire for missions in England rose to the top of his heart. Clay had always had a keen interest in the UK. Clay and Danielle are now convinced of the Lord's leading for their family to serve in the United Kingdom.
Danielle was saved attending summer camp at The Wilds while in middle school. After a powerful evening service she went back to her room and lay on the top bunk thinking of the sins she had committed and realized that she was in desperate need of a Savior. That night Danielle asked God to forgive her sins and save her soul, and He did! After her junior year of high school she offered God her life for full-time ministry, not knowing exactly what that would look like. Following this dedication she was able to attend a year at a Christian school, and there she learned about Bob Jones University where she attended after high school graduation. The United Kingdom, specifically England, has been a serious interest in her life since childhood. The Lord has turned that fascination and interest into a desire to serve and minister to a spiritually needy people.
Clay and Danielle met in 2004 at Acorn Ridge Baptist Church when Danielle began attending with her family. They began dating in 2005 after Clay finished his first year at BJU and Danielle graduated high school. They were married in North Carolina on June 14, 2008.
In December of 2012 the Gibbons were able to take their first trip to England. They stayed with Pastor Martin Wickens, who pastors Brimpton Baptist Church in Brimpton, England. They greatly anticipate and look forward to serving in England. Clay and Danielle have two children, Eloise and Emory. They covet your prayers as they begin the exciting journey of deputation.
After deputation they plan to begin their ministry in England by assisting Pastor Wickens at Brimpton Baptist church by preaching, training, and evangelizing.
Their long-term goal is to plant a church in an urban area such as Reading or London and to begin or assist in the training of faithful men to become pastors.
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