A Legacy and a Legend
By NMC - March 17, 2016
Posted in NMC Staff, Stories from NMC
She’s been a cornerstone of Nappanee Missionary Church for 22 years. When she started in her role, she duplicated cassette tapes for LifeTrac Ministries. Now, she manages the office staff and works with Pastor Dave among other things. We want to say a huge thanks to Doris Clay for 22 years of incredible ministry. NMC wouldn’t be where we are without your selflessness and leadership. This week, take a look behind the scenes with Doris Clay.
Q: How did you come to NMC 22 years ago?
A: Dave (Clay) and I came back to the U.S. from Ecuador in 1994. We had two sons at Bethel College, and we wanted to stay in Indiana for financial aid. We had no particular roots in this area, but my brother, Dave Dyck was pastoring at Wakarusa Missionary Church. We decided to move to this area to be close to family.
Years before, we had met Pastor Joe when he led a youth event for NMC in Florida and then later in Pennsylvania. So when we were looking for a place to live, we contacted him to find out about the area and the local schools. Since we had this connection with Joe, Dave and I decided to attend NMC. At the end of July, I was offered a job duplicating cassette tapes for LifeTrac Ministries. Gradually, my role morphed into what it is now.
Q: What are a few funny stories from working with Pastor Dave?
A: The funniest things have happened when he’s called me from the road and disguised his voice. Usually he’ll ask me off-the-wall questions or say crazy things. One time he had just finished an event at NMC, and during some downtime, he called the Church Office from a car right outside my window and asked for me. When I got on the phone, he disguised his voice and asked me the craziest questions. He could pretend for a long time!
Other great moments came when the staff stuffed bulletins years ago. Whenever Pastor Dave was in the office, he would join us and turn it into a game. We had to count each bulletin as we stuffed and yell out the number. We always stuffed bulletins the fastest when he jumped in. It was a little chaotic but always fun.
Q: What are some aspects of your job that people may not know about?
A: I do a bunch of odd jobs. I make sure Pastor Dave has bottles of water for Sunday mornings (inside joke). I change Pastor Dave and Christy’s voicemails while they are gone, so if you ever call them and hear someone else’s voice, it’s mine.
I buy gummy frogs and gummy chicken feet for board meetings. I also make legendary trail mix for those meetings.
I work in our database quite frequently, so when people die, I mark them as deceased in our system. I also keep the “lamb’s book” of baptisms, baby dedication and membership.
I always listen to the announcements during first service to make sure we’re not thrown a curveball at the Ministry Center. Why might I need to listen for a curve ball? Because we’ve been thrown a few over the years. (I won’t say by who.)
Q: What are a couple of things you will miss about NMC?
A: I will miss the people and the excitement of the ministry. I’ll miss the vision and the day-to-day routine. And I’ll miss doing the Ministry Center. I’ve been able to interact with so many people because of this, and that has been something I love.
Q: What are you looking forward to in retirement?
A: I’m looking forward to warmer weather and new opportunities. I really don’t believe that the Lord is moving us down to Florida just to sit around. I believe there is another mountain to climb. There’s another opportunity to have influence and make a difference in someone’s life.
Q: What’s something you hope and pray for NMC?
A: That they will continue to keep the focus on the mission the Lord has given them and continue to expand their partnerships.
Thank you, Doris, for all the ways you have served NMC. Your work and your ministry have such eternal significance and will not soon be forgotten.