Father Tim is Christ the Redeemer's second Rector. He and his wife, Cheryl, are not new to the North Shore; in the mid-1990s they worked at Gordon College while Tim studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, where he earned an MDiv, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During those years the Clayton’s daughters, Morgan and Sophie, were born.
From the North Shore they moved to Northern Virginia, where Fr. Tim was on staff at The Falls Church Anglican. He led the young adults community and served as the Director of Outreach with special focus in international mission partners. While there, he led teams in Global Engagement Trips to join with the work of indigenous partners in Kazakhstan, Kenya, India, Romania, and Hungary. The Clayton’s son, Ian, was born during their time in Northern Virginia.
Fr. Tim has led Christian service-learning opportunities relative to environmental or poverty issues in about a dozen countries on five continents, and spiritual pilgrimages to early Celtic Christian and medieval Christian sites in the UK.
The Claytons left The Falls Church in 2005 and went to Portland, Maine, to begin a creative new work—a Christian community following Jesus’ passion for the poor and for his creation: The Eleuthero Community (based on the Greek word “to set free” which occurs in Romans 8 in the NT, for instance). While “living theology” in community the Claytons hosted many overnight guests and around 400 dinners in their big, old red house that had once been a tavern and local tradition held had also once been a stop on the Underground Railroad.
In 2009, the Clayton family moved on from the Eleuthero Community because of a child’s medical needs, and headed south to Charlotte, N.C. There Fr. Tim served as Associate Rector to a 1500-member Episcopal Church. In November of 2009, his ordination was transferred to the newly formed Anglican Church in North America.
Fr. Tim led a small group of believers in a discernment process of prayer, visioning, and relationship development that culminated in the founding of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Charlotte, N.C. in the fall of 2009—exactly the same time as Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church’s founding in Danvers. Now he, Cheryl, and children, Morgan, Sophie, and Ian, rejoice that God has (re-)called them to New England to serve among us. Fr. Tim says it has a feeling of coming home, as if the Lord is completing a circle he envisioned from long ago.