Who is Rev. Clancy Nixon?
The Rev. Clancy Nixon is Vicar of Church
of the Holy Spirit, Ashburn, Virginia, which is a new Mission
Church of Truro Episcopal Church, Fairfax. He is a church planter,
evangelist, teacher and pastor.
Clancy was born in 1957 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He studied modern history and graduated cum laude from Harvard College
in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980. He was an editor of the Law
Review at University of California, Davis [J.D.,
He practiced business and finance law in the Washington, DC area
for fifteen years. He was an associate at the Washington office
of the Wall Street firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, and
was also Senior Counsel at Freddie Mac.
Clancy grew up in a secular home and came to Christ as a teenager
at Calvary Camp in Conneaut, Ohio. However, he was not discipled
at that time, and he walked away from Christ when he went to college.
He spent nine years living a secular life until he came back to
Christ at age 26.
In 1992, while a layman and volunteer youth pastor at Church of
the Apostles in Fairfax, Clancy sensed that God was calling him
to be a church planter. He continued to practice law while he attended
Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria [M. Div.,
cum laude, 1998]. In 1998, he was ordained, and began to
serve at Truro. Truro has a history of planting many churches, and
its rector, Martyn Minns, continues that tradition. While there,
Clancy ran the Alpha Course and newcomer programs.
He gathered eleven families from Truro to start Church of the
Holy Spirit. Its Grand Opening was November 11, 2001. Not quite
one year old, the church meets at Mill Run Elementary School in
Broadlands. The church averaged about 120 in Sunday attendance in
Summer 2002. More than half of the families who now attend the church
were previously unchurched.
The Rev. Clancy Nixon speaks at various conferences around the
nation on the topics of Church Planting, Evangelism, and Spiritual