Reverend Leroy Clay III is the Pastor of the Divine Love Baptist Church which was founded by his grandfather the late Reverend Leroy Clay, Sr. A native Washingtonian, Reverend Clay was educated in the District of Columbia Public School System graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. He continued his education at Howard University where he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. While at Howard, he excelled academically and was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society where he served as President of the Howard Chapter, the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Reverend Clay has been actively involved in church ministry his entire life. At the age of 10, he began playing the drums in church. By the time he was 18, he had played with various choirs throughout the city including a 1,000-voice choir formed for the National Baptist Convention in 1991. His ministry grew and he began playing the organ and directing the choir at Divine Love. After serving in that capacity for over ten years, he responded to his calling to ministry. On September 27, 2003, Reverend Clay preached his trial sermon at Divine Love.
In addition to his church ministry, Reverend Clay is a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the Agency Fiscal Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD). At MPD, he is responsible for the oversight of its $500 million budget.
Reverend Clay firmly believes Philippians 4:13 which states “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.