Rev. Dr. Patrick D. Clayborn is a vision-driven disciple who is committed to building the Kingdom of God by empowering individuals to fully embrace five core values: Spiritual Growth, Service, Stewardship, Evangelism and Education. Through his own passionate worship, dedication to family, friends, and those he pastors, Rev. Clayborn’s personal goal is to share and show the love of Jesus Christ with all those he comes in contact with.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, by two loving and musically gifted parents – John and Lois Clayborn, music has always been an important part of Rev. Clayborn’s life. He participated in school choirs and bands as a youth, and worked in the music department of several churches in his adult years. In addition to music, Rev. Clayborn has always been committed to education. After completing his primary and secondary education in the Memphis City Public Schools, he attended Morehouse College and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. There, he earned undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering respectively.
Once he completed his undergraduate work, he answered the call of God on his life and entered the ministry. Rev. Clayborn pursued ordination in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served on the ministerial staff of Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA. He is an ordained itinerant elder. Rev. Clayborn was also on the ministerial staff of St. James AME Church in Newark, NJ, and later served as a pulpit associate at St. Paul AME Church in Columbus, OH.
As he began his ministry, he enrolled in seminary. He then earned the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Clayborn also served as an adjunct instructor in the Philosophy and Religion Department of Spelman College. While in seminary, Rev. Clayborn met and married his wife Rev. Sheri Smith Clayborn.
Rev. Clayborn also pursued an academic ministry. He went to Drew University in Madison, NJ, and earned the Master of Philosophy and the PhD in Liturgical Studies with a focus on Homiletics. He also served as an adjunct Homiletics instructor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ, and served as a Religion Instructor at St. James Preparatory School in Newark, NJ. Rev. Clayborn also taught at Methodist Theological School in Ohio as an Assistant Professor of Homiletics. He then returned to New Jersey and was the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, NJ.
Rev. Dr. Clayborn received his first pastoral appointment in December 2011 and assumed leadership of St. John AME Church in Huntsville, AL. He is now the proud Senior Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD. His favorite role is that of father to nin e year ol d Patrick, II – affectionately known as P2, and to his 2 year old baby girl, Joya— who is the epitome of her name. Alongside his wife and best friend, Rev. Sheri and their loving family, the other things that bring him joy include, serving his church, empowering his community, and being a child of God.