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The Rev. Clay H. Witt was born in the small town of Morristown, Tennessee, USA. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Steed College in Johnson City, Tennessee (since closed, although Clay denies that was because he attended there), and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee. He worked as an attorney for much of his life, initially in the U.S. Armed Forces, then briefly in private practice, and then for a civilian government agency.

Clay was a member of the United Methodist Church during his early life. He was active as a layperson in the Protestant chapel program while serving in the military. He attended worship with Roman Catholic congregations from time to time in the 1970s and early 1980s. His affiliation with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches began with MCC San Diego membership in the mid-1970s.

Answering God’s call in mid-life, Clay received his theological education at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he was granted a M.Div. in 1996. He served as the founding co-pastor (along with the Rev. Gail Hicks) of Holy Redeemer MCC in College Park, Maryland, and served there from 1998 through April 2003.

Clay retired from his secular employment in October 2005 and from UFMCC ministry in March 2006. He is enjoying his retirement home in Merritt Island, Florida. He participates in various volunteer community work. His hobbies include collecting Victorian-era music boxes, both large and small, as well as antique clocks, radios, and phonographs. He is a member of the Music Box Society International and various other organizations related to his hobbies. Clay says that he heartily enjoys the more leisurely pace of retirement life that provides time for reading, activities with friends, travel, his collections, and other enjoyable things that he did not have the time for previously.

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