Clay Swanson


Brother Clay Swanson was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1968.  He was taught the importance of serving the Lord from a very young age and though he has failed many times in his service to the Lord, he has always found the Lord faithful.  At the age of nine years old he turned to God and put his faith in Jesus Christ for the salvation of his soul. He followed the Lord in scriptural baptism when he was eleven years old and united with the Missionary Baptist Church of Bend Oregon.  At nineteen the Lord called Brother Clay into ministry and then about a year later he was licensed as a preacher by Pauls Valley Missionary Baptist Church.  Brother Clay surrendered to that call and has been preaching the glorious gospel for over thirty years now. 

At the age of twenty-three God gave Brother Clay a job with the Department of Rehabilitation Services which caused him to move to Ada Oklahoma, where he lived for a little over a year.  During that time, he met Sister Jennifer Crawford, at Unity Missionary Baptist Church and took her to be his wife.  God provided Brother Clay a wonderful wife and a true help meet in his ministry. 

The Lord accomplished what He had Brother Clay move to Ada for in meeting his future wife Jennifer.  Brother Clay’s position with the Department of Rehabilitation Services was transferred to Oklahoma City where he and Jennifer united with Southside Missionary Baptist Church.  Southside Missionary Baptist Church ordained Brother Clay and he became the Associate Pastor and Youth Director for about five years.  The Lord opened a door for Brother Clay to plant a church in Tuttle, Oklahoma under the authority of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Corvallis, Oregon.  He was the pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Tuttle, Oklahoma for about seventeen years.  Brother Clay then believed the Lord to be leading him to Arkansas.  While in Arkansas he served as associate pastor and evangelist in the Lord’s churches.  Now after much prayer and continuing to seek the Lord’s will he accepted the call to be the pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Brother Clay graduated from Faith Bible Institute with a two-year certificate.  He has an Associate’s Degree in Instrumentation from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Mid America Christian University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on his Doctorate in Ministry Degree from Bible College of America in Kokomo, Indiana.

Brother Clay and Sister Jennifer have three adult children all actively involved in Baptist Churches.  Kayla, who is married to Nathaniel Grayson, Will Swanson, and Rachel Swanson.  Brother Clay enjoys several activities such as spending time with his grandson Sterling and anxiously awaiting his second grandchild, fishing, golfing and playing games, but finds nothing as exciting as fellowshipping over God’s word. 


When asked, Brother Clay says that often his favorite verse in the Bible is the last one that he has been studying, however if you ask him for one in particular he would tell you that Isaiah 48:17 “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, Which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”  has always been one of encouragement for him.    

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