Nashville minister and church founder David Clayton has been named Lipscomb University’s 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year.
Clayton, who graduated from Lipscomb in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 2006 with a Master of Arts degree, is a leader and teaching minister at Ethos Church, located in the heart of downtown Nashville. In the fall of 2008, Clayton and his wife, Sydney, a former assistant professor in the nursing program, along with a group of their friends launched the congregation, which is a partnership with Harpeth Hills Church of Christ and is guided by that congregation’s leadership.
He will be honored at a brunch and at Lipscomb University’s fall commencement on Dec. 14, where he will address graduates and their families.
“The Young Alumnus of the Year Award is one of the highest forms of recognition given by Lipscomb University and the Lipscomb University Alumni Association. David Clayton exemplifies the type of Christian leader we hold up to our students, alumni and community. We are proud to claim him as one of our alums,” said Bennie Harris, vice president for development and alumni relations at Lipscomb.
The award is given annually to an alumnus/a who is under 40 years of age and “exemplifies Lipscomb’s values in the professional and personal lives and epitomizes the potential of a Lipscomb education and thereby brings credit and honor to the university.”
“I am very humbled by this honor,” said Clayton. “It is an unbelievable honor, and I am very grateful.”
Prior to his work with Ethos, Clayton founded the campus ministry program at Lipscomb University, where he served as director of campus ministry from 2003-09. The Claytons live in Nashville with their sons Micah and Jack.