Cliff completed his BA degree at Columbus College, now Columbus State University, in 1973 with the intentions of attending law school. Working with underprivileged children in some of the poorest sections of town while at college tugged at his heart, and he decided to pursue Christian ministry after graduation.
He completed the Pastoral Care Ministry School at Wheaton College, as well as earned a MA degree in Family Counseling from Logos University. He has also completed additional study at Olford Bible Institute. He remains indebted to Leanne Payne, who taught at Wheaton College and helped him to see that a Christian can live in emotional wholeness; to Dr. Stephen Olford (whom Billy Graham called the greatest preacher of his generation) for reminding each young minister to search the scriptures; and to Dr. Julia Kelly of Logos University for her encouraging support.
Cliff has been a Family Counselor for 40 years and has scheduled well over 50,000 counseling sessions. He is a Board Certified Christian Counselor and Therapist and is a member of The Georgia Christian Counselors Association. Cliff and his wife, Doraine, reside in Columbus, Georgia. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.