ORLANDO, Florida — Voting delegates to the 2021 General Council overwhelmingly reelected Douglas E. Clay to a second four-year term on the first ballot Aug.5 in Orlando.
Clay, now 58, won his first four-year term in 2017, after George O. Wood resigned following a decade in the top post. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 hampering the normal functioning of church gatherings and ministry programs around the nation, Clay has demonstrated visionary and steady leadership.
The general superintendent received 82.5% of the votes cast, 1,386 out of 1,714 total.
Nominations for the office of general superintendent come from the floor. Any of the 21,442 ordained Assemblies of God ministers is eligible. Candidates must receive a minimum of 15 votes to be including in the ballot. To be elected, a candidate must receive a two-thirds majority.
Assistant General Superintendent Rick DuBose said he has been honored to serve with Clay, saying Clay’s wisdom from the Lord has propelled the Fellowship forward.
Clay thanked the General Council for expressing confidence in him. He recalled how various AG ministry programs shaped him throughout childhood and youth. He asked attendees to pray that he would have wisdom, discernment, and anointing. Clay’s wife, Gail, joined him on stage.
Clay, who officially took office in October 2017, served as AG general treasurer for nine years before his election as general superintendent.
He previously served as executive presbyter from the Great Lakes region, superintendent of the Ohio Ministry Network from 2004 to 2008, national youth director (1995-97), and Ohio youth director (1989-95). He also was senior pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo, Ohio, from 1997-2004. Clay has been an ordained AG minister since 1988.