"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always
being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to
give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness
and reverence." 1 Peter 3:15
ARC is an acronym for Apologetics
Resource Center, a Christian ministry which encompasses
the full range of Christian Apologetics. "Apologetics" means
to give an answer or defense for the historic Christian faith.
Thus ARC's mission is "to reach the minds and hearts
of people with the message and truth of the gospel of Jesus
Christ," contending for the faith in the areas of resistance
of skepticism, secularism, cults and other alien religions
As ARC's Counter-Cult Apologist, Clete heads up the ministry's
answer to cults and new religious movements. He works with
churches and individuals in providing a defense for a witness
to the mission field of the cults, which has become the largest
yet least evangelized mission field in the world.
Clete's interest in Christian apologetics and ministry to
the cults began with his first witnessing opportunity. The
day after he became a Christian in 1974, he encountered a
homosexual member of the Church of Satan. Since then his
interest in separating spiritual truth from error has motivated
him to educate and evangelize.
He graduated from Mississippi College in 1974 with a BS
in General Business. Clete was a college athlete, playing
football at both Copiah-Lincoln Junior College and Mississippi
College. He was listed in Who's Who Among Collegiate Athletes
in America during 1970-1972.
After graduating, Clete worked as a claims representative
in the insurance industry. During this time, he sensed the
Lord's calling him to ministry. He responded by entering
Birmingham Theological Seminary (BTS) in the fall of 1977.
In 1981, Clete entered full time ministry serving as Assistant
Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Gadsden, AL. From
1982 to 1984, he served as Student Supply Pastor, Associate
Pastor, and as a Church Planter for Warrior (AL) Presbytery.
Clete graduated from BTS in 1984 with a Master of Divinity
degree, and was ordained as Pastor in the Presbyterian Church
in America (PCA). He served as Senior Pastor for First Presbyterian
Church in Eutaw, AL, and Roebuck Presbyterian Church in Roebuck,
SC. From 1990 to February 2001, he served in counter-cult
ministry with Watchman Fellowship, first as a Staff Missionary,
then as Associate Director for the state of Alabama, and
finally as Director of Missions. Clete remains a Teaching
Elder in the PCA, and is a member of Evangel Presbytery.
In 1982, Clete married the former Karen Stemple. They have
two sons; Michael, born in 1984 and Aaron, born in 1988.
Clete and his family are active members of Briarwood Presbyterian
Some of Clete's accomplishments in the area of cult apologetics
- Guest lecturer at
over 900 churches throughout the US and beyond.
of numerous articles about cults and new religious
trends; has appeared as an expert commentator for print,
radio, television, and internet media, locally, nationally,
- Participated on a
training team for pastors and key lay ministers in a
in Romania, where he
also made presentations on the New Age Movement for
Romanian National Television, and the cults for Europe-wide
through Trans-World Radio.
- Has taught Apologetics/Cult
Apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary, Birmingham
Theological Colleges in Perth and Brisbane, Australia.
He is a member of the faculty at Birmingham Theological
where he has also taught classes in Old Testament
Survey, Systematic Theology, Contemporary Theology,
and Church Growth. Clete has also taught courses
in Systematic Theology at Birmingham Baptist Bible
- Guest lecturer for
such institutions and ministries as: Beeson Divinity
School, Wesley College,
With A Mission (YWAM)
School of Evangelism, Emanuel College in Queensland,
Australia, Campus Crusade for Christ, Inter-Varsity,
Fellowship, Campus Outreach Ministries, Navigator,
and a campus ministry at University of Queensland,
- Seminar presenter
on New Age in Public Education at Beverly LaHaye's Concerned
Women for America,
in Washington, DC and speaker at Community
Bible Study's Regional Leadership Conference.
- Panel speaker
on the Word-Faith Movement at the Philadelphia Conference
on Cults, the Occult
and the Word-Faith
Movement sponsored by Evangelical Ministries
to New Religions (EMNR),
Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, and Eastern
Outreach. He is considered an expert on the
Word-Faith Movement and
continues to lead workshops at annual EMNR
- A regular seminar
leader at Norman Geisler's National Apologetics Conference
and Other Religions
at Southern Evangelical
Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina as
well as The Saint Louis Conference on Biblical