“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
Rev. Clete Hux is Director of the Apologetics Resource Center (ARC) headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. A Teaching Elder in the PCA, he has pastored churches in Alabama and South Carolina. He holds a M.Div. from Birmingham Theological Seminary (BTS) where he teaches Comparative and World Religions, Contemporary Cults and New Religious Movements, Apologetics and Personal Evangelism, Christianity and Competing Worldviews, and other related courses. He has also taught courses in Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, Contemporary Theology, New Testament Theology, and Paganism in Contemporary Culture.
He has been a guest lecturer at over 1,500 churches throughout the US and overseas. Having authored numerous articles on comparative religions and new religious trends, he has appeared as an expert commentator for print, radio, television, and internet media, locally, nationally, and internationally. With a heart for missions, he has helped train international pastors working with MTW missionaries and other agencies in India, Australia, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Tanzania, Germany, Romania, and Hungary.
Clete was born and raised in South Mississippi. He has an Associate of Arts in Marketing from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi where he quarterbacked the football team for two years and was listed in the Who’s Who Among Collegiate Athletes in America in 1970-72.
Following this, Clete continued playing football at Mississippi College. It was during his senior year that Clete met Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He graduated in spring 1974 with a Bachelor’s of Science in General Business. While working as a claims representative with U.S.F. & G., and discipling a group of football players at the University of Southern Mississippi, Clete sensed the Lord calling him into the ministry.
In the fall of 1977, Clete entered Birmingham Theological Seminary taking courses part time while teaching Bible studies, leading discipleship groups, and preaching as opportunities arose.
Clete entered full-time ministry in 1981 while continuing his seminary education. He interned at First Presbyterian Church Gadsden, AL, then as a student pastor at First Presbyterian Church Jasper, AL.
In 1982 Clete married the former Karen Stemple. Karen grew up in the suburbs of Dayton, OH, Oklahoma City, OK, and Nashville, TN. She attended Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL, and converted to Christianity in her late twenties through the ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Clete and Karen have two sons, Michael, born in 1984, and Aaron, born in 1988.
Serving as an assistant pastor at Linden Presbyterian Church Linden, AL, he taught a Bible Class at Marengo Academy for two years and another year at Warrior Academy in Eutaw, AL. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 1984 as a Teaching Elder/Pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America at First Presbyterian Church, Eutaw AL. His last pastorate was Roebuck Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, SC.
After pastoring, Clete joined Watchman Fellowship first as Staff Apologist in the summer of 1990 and later as Director of Missions. In 2001 he joined the Apologetics Resource Center (ARC) as their Counter-Cult Apologist. He has been the Director of ARC since 2013 and in 2016 became the Director of Partners in Asian Missions (PAM).
Clete’s interest in comparative religions and apologetics actually began with his first witnessing experience.
The day after he became a Christian he encountered a homosexual member of the Church of Satan. Ever since that time his interest in separating spiritual truth from error has motivated him to educate, teach and evangelize others.
Here are some of his accomplishments
• While pastoring, taught comprehensive church officer training.
• As part of a training team for pastors and key lay ministers in a National Cult Awareness Crusade in Romania, Clete was taped on the New Age Movement for Romanian National Television, and on Cults for Europe-wide broadcasting through Trans World Radio.
• Guest lecturer on Comparative Religions and Counter-Cult Apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary. Faculty member of Birmingham Theological Seminary since 1990. Featured as a visiting teaching professor of Counter-Cult Apologetics at Westminster Theological Colleges in Perth and Brisbane, Australia.
• Featured as a panel speaker on New Age in Public Education at the national convention of Concerned Women for America in Washington, DC. Continues to teach seminars on separating the pagan worldview that has promoted the New Age.
• Featured as a panel speaker on the Word-Faith Movement at the Philadelphia Conference on the Cults, Occult and the Word-Faith Movement. This was the largest conference of its kind ever held on the East Coast, sponsored by Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, and Eastern Christian Outreach. Featured speaker at annual EMNR conferences.
• Seminar leader at National Conference on Cults and Other Religions at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
• Taught a training conference on Counter-Cult apologetics to a Hispanic presbytery in Mexico.
• Taught an eight day training conference to 200 pastors of the Pentecostal Holiness Mission in Tanzania on how to respond to the “health and wealth” gospels of the Word-Faith Movement.
• Taught a New Age Awareness Conference at the Berlin International Church in Berlin, Germany.
• Has been to India and trained the 35 Agape Mission pastors of PAM in various apologetic areas.
• Taught several seminars on Cults and New Religious Movements at the annual St. Louis Conference on Biblical Discernment.
• Participated on a discussion panel about the New Age Movement with Ravi Zacharias at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.
• Authored 13 articles for publication by Baker Books.
• Contributed articles to the Watchman Expositor.
• Contributed articles to ARC’s Areopagus Journal.
• Contributed articles to ARC’s Worldviews Newsletter.
• Interviewed by Third Millennium Ministries for free seminary education to the world.
• Has taught a course on Comparative Religions twice a year for 11 years at the Bibb County Correctional Facility (BCCF) in Alabama, comparing the Christian faith to those represented at the prison which includes: Judaism, Roman Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Islam, Moorish Science Temple, Nation of Islam, 5% Nation of Islam, Seventh-Day Adventism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Native American Spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Rastafarianism, Wicca, Neo-Paganism, and New Age Movement.
• Has begun teaching a similar course on Comparative Religions at the Federal Correctional Institute in Talladega, AL.
• Numerous tapings for Church for Skeptics TV program in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Invite Clete to do a conference at your church (205)552-5597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org