Clint Clifton, a North American Mission Board staff member and church planter, died tragically in a plane crash late in the evening of Jan. 12, according to a statement by NAMB President Kevin Ezell released on Twitter on Jan. 13.
Clifton, who was flying alone, was returning to his home in Virginia after NAMB’s Alpharetta Week when he crashed in north Georgia not long after taking off.
“God generously gifted Clint in so many ways,” Ezell wrote. “He had a pastor’s heart and was a talented church planter with a passion for reaching people for Christ. He loved what we do here at NAMB and poured his heart and life into it. We miss him already and he leaves a void that can’t be filled.”
Clifton was the founding pastor of Pillar Church in Dumfries, Virginia, and at the time of his death served as elder overseeing the congregation’s church planting efforts. He also served as senior director of resource and research strategy for the NAMB in Washington, D.C. He hosted the New Churches podcast for Send Network and wrote the book “Church Planting Thresholds: A Gospel-Centered Church Planting Guide.”
He leaves behind his wife, Jennifer, and five children — Noah, Ruthe, Isaiah, Betchina and Moses.