The Clay FamilyCorrie Taylor Clay has always had a passion for people. Growing up as a “preacher’s daughter” in the small town of Phil Campbell, Alabama, Corrie was given the opportunity to see ministry lived out through the lives of Godly parents. Corrie loved to talk, talk, talk! She knew even then that God had a specific purpose for her life and would someday use her ‘gift of gab’ to minister to others (instead of getting her into constant trouble in elementary school!)

After high school, God led Corrie to college where she studied psychology and counseling. During her college years, Corrie met and married the husband God had promised her – Shane. Upon receiving a Master’s degree in Counseling/Psychology, Corrie began working with the mentally ill, drug addicts, the homeless, troubled children, and delinquent teens. Corrie then began to settle into her career as a therapist. Little did she know that soon, God would reveal his true purpose for her life…Filling the Gap Ministry.

At a women’s conference in November 2003, God spoke to Corrie’s heart and burdened it with concern that so many people, do not truly know how to have a personal relationship with God on a daily basis. She noticed that during her career as a therapist, people would constantly express how empty they felt inside; a “gap” that needed to be filled. God led Corrie to develop Filling the Gap Ministries. God wanted use this ministry to fill this empty void for those who had not asked Him to be their personal Lord and Savior and for those who had accepted His gift of Salvation but felt distant in their relationship with Him. God revealed to her that this phenomenal relationship can be obtained by studying the relationship between God and Abraham and between God and David to find the distinct characteristics to experience a true closeness with our Heavenly Father.

The ministry began to blossom and in October 2004, God blessed Corrie and Shane with a beautiful healthy baby boy named Canaan. Now a mother, wife, and therapist, Corrie continued to listen as God directed. All was well until September 2005. Corrie began to feel as if something was very wrong with her health. During the course of one year, many doctors were consulted and numerous tests were ran. No one could find out why Corrie was so sick. But in 2006, Corrie received life-altering news. On a routine visit to her cardiologist (Dr. Jerry Williams), a blocked artery in Corrie’s arm indicated a rare auto immune disease. Specialists confirmed that she had Takayasu’s Arteritis, a disease that causes the body’s main arteries to narrow and close, preventing blood flow. Corrie immediately began extreme medications to try to ease the disease into remission.

Though Corrie never doubted her calling to begin a ministry, her health problems seemed so big and were becoming setbacks both physically and mentally. It was during this time that God revealed to her Ephesians 6: 19-20 (NIV): “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it as fearlessly as possible.”

Corrie soon discovered God was using her disease, her chains, to apply to her ministry and the message he’d given her. She realized that even in sickness, God desires to let Him be everything to us…our every breath. But how can one know the attributes of God unless we truly experience a daily closeness to Him. It is Corrie’s hope that God uses her ministry to answer this question. Filling the Gap Ministry is designed by the very hand of God to bring about a wonderful, exciting, purposeful, relationship between Him and those who are His children.