Clyde Davis has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Portales since 2001 and has lived in the area since 1997.
How long have you been a pastor? I was ordained in 1981 at the Pittsburg Presbyterian Seminary.
Why did you choose to be a pastor? While in college studying education, I became involved with youth work. I decided to go to seminary as an exploration. Seminary school was not as costly as it is today, and I was able to do that while always knowing that I could always fall back on teaching if it wasn’t for me.
Back then, I wasn’t engaged and I didn’t have a family, so I had the time. I was able to look into it to see if it was what I was supposed to be doing. In the end, I found out that it was.
Do you have any specialty training? The Army gave me a lot of good training, especially in counseling. I was a chaplain in the Army. I do have a clinical pastoral education, which means I have completed over a year in residency in a counseling situation.