About Clayton Coombs

Clayton CoombsClayton’s consuming passion is the health of God’s church. Through this passion God led him into local church ministry as the Young Adults pastor at CityLife Church, Knox, between 2001 and 2006. Yet it was also through this passion that God led him into a period of intensive study between 2007 and 2012.

In 2008 Clayton completed an MA in Theology at Fuller Seminary in Southern California, and in 2013 completed his PhD in Theology at Wheaton College near Chicago, Illinois.

In July 2012 Clayton returned to Australia with his family to join the team at David McCracken Ministries. Clayton is married to Angela and together they have five children, two of which were born in the US during Clayton’s studies.

Clayton has ministered in a variety of settings including bible college, local church, youth camps and university campuses. His passionate yet disarming communication style seeks to empower the Church by giving its members the keys to be all that they are called to be.

Here is what some have been saying about Clayton’s ministry: 

It was a pleasure to have Clayton Coombs ministering in our church recently. Having heard many comments about Clayton in advance I’m not sure I was ready for what we experienced. Knowing that He has done many years of theological study and earned high academic accolades I was expecting a theologian. However, what I observed was a young man with a passion for the Word of God, a very deep understanding of theological and spiritual issues but an ability to communicate in language understandable by the simplest of people yet providing solid food for the more complex in our congregation. Clayton’s gracious manner coupled with his easy communication style blessed our church at all ages and stages of Christian maturity. His clear and concise messages led many of our people to not only respond at the conclusion of the service but also to take on board the very practical teaching they had received. His messages were clearly inline what the Lord has been saying to us and incredibly timely. Our congregation were also blessed by his availability at the conclusion of the services.
– Paul Newsham, Senior Minister, Salt Church – South Australia

“We have had the privilege Clayton’s teaching on a number of occasions at CityLife Church Casey where we have been challenged, encouraged and ministered to through the Word. Clayton’s passion for the truth of the Word is evident as he takes the hearer on a journey of discovery of the scriptures  in a warm and authentic manner. its not only his love for the Word that shines through but his genuine love for God’s people and the local church. Our congregation members are often asking to hear more from Clayton as his preaching style is fresh and inspiring”
– Brenda Turner, Lead Pastor, CityLife Church – Casey

“Clayton is not only a gifted theologian, but he has an incredible ability to communicate a prophetic now word to a congregation of varied ages. The first time I heard Clayton, I was personally ministered to as Clayton shared a word that spoke right to the heart of where my wife and I were at. Clayton’s biblical insights are profound, yet at the same time, applicable. Every time I have heard Clayton speak publicly or in our conversations privately, I leave wanting to hear more from this incredibly insightful man of God. I highly recommend Clayton to speak into the life of your church – you will be empowered and blessed!”
– Steve McCracken, Executive Director of David McCracken Ministries

To have Clayton speak to your church or leadership team, contact us.


Leadership and Theology seminars:

Bible Study Beyond the Basics.
A three day workshop (can be adapted to shorter time frames) introducing participants to the ancient and contemporary discipline of hermeneutics.

Building Blocks: Know what you believe!
A seminar on Basic Theology designed for leaders and emerging leaders. It covers the basics of the Trinity, Scripture, Church, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal distinctives.

Understanding Oversight: Standing under and overseeing.
A leadership seminar built on the biblical principle of authority and its expression in the local church.


To view Clayton’s blog, ‘Theology Matters’, click here.
To hear Clayton’s recent message, ‘Asleep in the Storm,’ click here.
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