I’m going to get the boring stuff out of the way so I can tell you about me. I have a Bachelors in Science from the University of Illinois in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. I’ve worked making eye glasses, walking dogs, inspecting sewers, tutoring, and designing software. I’ve been a part of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) my entire life and while I could use the title Reverend, I prefer to be called just “Clayton”.
Now that we have that out of the way, I am beyond excited to journey through life as the host at Camp Walter Scott! This place is somewhere I have recognized as a home since I was 5 years old. I’ve attended camp as a camper, served as a counselor, volunteered on weekends, served on teams for camp facilities, and led non-profits supporting Camp Walter Scott ever since. I have a deep and abiding passion in my life to care for God’s Creation and recognize its intertwining with spirituality. I believe at my core in seeing the image of God reflected not just in each person, but this divinity in every last piece of the world around us.
I look forward to serving all who come here with the radical hospitality I see demonstrated in the person of Jesus and tending to the land such that we might be mistaken for gardeners as the resurrected Christ was.
I live at the host house near the entrance to the grounds along with my spouse Alix (a special education teacher who helps serve as Camp Host during the summers) and our two cats: Chewbacca “Chewie” and Crookshanks “Roo”.
That’s all I have for this introduction, but stop by the camp offices sometime, pull up a chair, and share a cup of tea and conversation with me.