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Dr. Clay Lein Sr.

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Executive Director

Local Address: Frisco, Texas, United States
St. Philip's Academy
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Electrical Engineering degree
  • MBA
    Arizona State University
  • Doctorate of Ministry
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Episcopal Church Foundation
www.episcopalfoundation.org, 8 Mar 2013 [cached]
Transformational Churches, by Mike Michie and Clay Lein.
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Clay Lein is a husband, father, and priest living in Frisco, Texas. He brings his engineering background and MBA experience to the challenge of mission and church growth. He founded St. Philip's Episcopal Church in 2002 and has helped birth other churches and ministries in the north Dallas area. His passion is to see lives changed by the Gospel.
Clergy - St. Philip's Episcopal Church
www.stphilipsfrisco.org, 20 Oct 2014 [cached]
Dr. Clay Lein Senior Pastor Cell Phone: 972-896-3069
Clay is a husband, father and pastor. He grew up going to church all the time with his family, but it never seemed to really connect. By the time he had graduated from high school he had decided that Church was irrelevant and 'quit God'.
He graduated in 1984 with an Electrical Engineering degree and worked eight years in Phoenix, Arizona for Intel Corporation. He married his wife Jill and they had three kids - all grown now. Balancing work and family, Clay finished his MBA at Arizona State University and was working on his life plan to be rich and famous by age 30.
God had another plan. It was during his time there in Phoenix that Jesus showed up and became relevant to him. Demonstrating His sense of humor, God called this one-time atheist to become a priest. Clay said "Yes! After three years at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA Clay was ordained. Since then he has been helping start new projects and plant new churches. Clay is the founding pastor of St. Philip's (in 2002) and continues to be amazed at how much fun an active, healthy church can be.
He loves to learn (he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in 2012) and is passionate about helping people get their heads around the whole 'God thing'. He is the author of Ordinary Faith, published in 2008, about "finding real faith in ordinary life". It is available for sale on Amazon and at St. Philip's. Clay needs to go on at least one mission trip a year to stay focused on what counts. For relaxation he reads history, works on projects around the house and enjoys a tankard of Guinness Stout at the local pub.
Leadership Summit, “Guest Speaker” | Church of the Incarnation
incarnation.org, 17 May 2014 [cached]
with Fr. Clay Lein
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Fr. Clay Lein, founding rector of St. Philips in Frisco will be our guest speaker.
HOUSTON - As an electrical engineer ...
www.gadsdentimes.com, 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
HOUSTON - As an electrical engineer and a self-professed "angry atheist," Clay Lein had no truck with religion. God, he was convinced, was fools' folly - a crutch for those who couldn't cut it on their own. His wife, Jill, and her father, an Episcopal priest, were free to believe, of course, but the Bible stuff just wasn't for him.
Baseball, though, was another matter.
Seated in a study at Houston's St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, as he prepared to deliver his first sermon as the 75-year-old congregation's new rector, Lein spun his tale of how a scoffing man of science was transformed - through the agency of sports - into a staunch believer.
At 53, Lein has worn the clerical collar more than 17 years, as executive pastor at Christ Episcopal Church in Plano, Texas, and, most recently, as rector at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Frisco, a Dallas suburb.
"I met Jesus and that was the beginning of a wonderful relationship that has changed every single thing in my life - my marriage, my priorities, my future - all for the better," he said.
For much of his life, Lein - raised as a Lutheran - was a cheerful atheist. "God was irrelevant to me personally and to the world," he said.
All that began to change when, as a mid-20-ish Intel Corp. engineer in Phoenix, he was paid a visit by his Episcopalian father-in-law. Searching for a church to attend during the visit, the older man stumbled onto a charismatic congregation that so impressed him that he recommended it to his daughter. She, too, found the Episcopal church a good fit, routinely dragging her spouse to services.
"I went to humor her," Lein said.
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Lein bluntly informed the clergyman that he was a nonbeliever, but was impressed when the churchman seemed to accept him nonetheless. The two men soon discovered a common bond: a favorite sport. Before the priest departed, the nonbeliever had agreed to coach a church team.
Lein coached for Jesus, but was unshakable in disbelief. When invited to counsel teens at a summer camp, he spurned the offer.
When reminded that summers at the mountain camp would be about 30 degrees cooler than in Phoenix, he reconsidered.
At first, his duties were limited to serving as a father surrogate to the campers. But things reached a crisis when Lein was asked to participate in a healing session, physically laying hands on the teens and praying with them.
Lein balked, then acquiesced, concluding that "I can do this. I'm arrogant and proud of my gifts. I can make something up: 'Oh creator of the universe, blah, blah, blah.'"
Then the first teen stepped up, and Lein stretched out his hands.
"Before I could open my mouth, words came into my head that were not of me and I prayed those words," Lein said. "I saw big boulder fields like in Alaska, and on each were words - names of all the things he was struggling with. Each time, God got in the middle and the words that came out were not mine."
Next up was a girl who, as Lein prayed, began sobbing, revealing the details of sexual abuse she had suffered at the hands of an adult.
"That's when a question came into my mind," Lein said. "I said, 'God, if this happens when I get out of your way for 15 minutes, what would happen if I got out of your way for my whole life?' It was an epiphany, a thought that just didn't sound like me. It said, 'Try me.'"
Lein knelt, and recited the Lord's Prayer, the only one he knew by heart.
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Lein said he sprang into Christianity with a vengeance. A month later he agreed to mentor a church youth group; within three years he felt called to preach.
"It never occurred to me to doubt the reality of God," he said.
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Still, Lein said, the more he persevered, the more the doubts faded.
With master's and doctoral degrees in theology, Lein was ordained in 1996. After stints as deacon at a South Carolina church and 5½ years as rector in Plano, Lein joined the Frisco church as its first rector in 2002. During his 12-year tenure, he contributed to its growth to about 1,400 members.
Lein established a reputation as a communicator who eschewed pulpit oration for a relaxed delivery. St. Philip's spokeswoman Dianna Brannan recalled the Sunday when Lein perched atop a ladder and proclaimed, "I'm God looking down.
Audio: Leadership Summit | Church of the Incarnation
incarnation.org, 17 May 2014 [cached]
Guest speaker Fr. Clay Lein kicked off this incredible time of equipping leaders for service in our parish and beyond. Plus, Fr. Greg Methvin shares Discovery: Finding Your Potential for and Place of Service.
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