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When Clay was 12 years old he prayed a God-inspired prayer that went something like, "God, if you'll let me, I'll speak for you." God honored that prayer and carried him all the way to the minor leagues in baseball. Clay was never called up to the big leagues of the MLB, but he used (and continues to use) his platform as a professional baseball player to speak in to the lives of leaders and those in the athletic world. He has served in ministry as a youth pastor and parachurch director for over 40 years. After all this time, God prompted him to found the ministry of Called Up. He has as much passion and excitement as ever for how the LORD is using this ministry to guide people in living out their God-intended design.

He's married to Kelly, who has served alongside him in ministry for their entire marriage and recently retired. Together they have 4 grown children, 3 kids-in-law, and 10 grandkids.


Director of Communications & Development

Whitney gave her life to Christ as a little girl and used to share the Gospel with her friends on the playground, in the bathroom, at camp... but it was in her college years that she truly fell in love with Jesus. While attending Biola University and serving at a houseboating camp (Sonshine Ministries) in the summers, she spent significant time in God's Word, connected deeply with His people, and served him regularly. It was in these years that she truly learned what it meant to die to herself so that Christ could live (Galatians 2:20) and the joy that came with that. Whitney's heart is for those that are far from Jesus and she stepped in to full time ministry right after college as an intern with Sonshine, then an FCA area rep, and now with Called Up. She served as the SCU Director for 4 years before stepping in to the role of Director of Communications & Development.

In March 2017 Whitney married the love of her life, Rob. Together they have four kids- Colt, Wells, Scarlet, and Rhodes. 


Rob Ralph
inland empire Director

Rob and his wife Michelle have been in the Coachella Valley for over 25 years. Hired in the valley as a Paramedic in 1993, Rob and Michelle began to plant themselves in the local community through church, coaching and Michelle as an educator.


Rob became an assistant baseball coach for La Quinta HS in 1996 and was a 3 year head coach for Desert Christian Academy until 2013 when he went into full time ministry.


Through God’s abundant blessing and favor over 20+ years of coaching, Rob has been able to develop many rich relationships on campuses and in the community. Rob is a character coach for a couple of HS teams and a mentor for young coaches. He is passionate to accomplish the Called Up mission of guiding people into living out their God-intended design with anyone wanting to grow and develop in their relationship with Jesus.


Rob and Michelle have three children, Robbie, Raquel and Grace. They reside in the desert city of La Quinta.


Santa Clara University Director

Alex is a Director for Called Up and the property manager of The Place. He and his wife, Brie, were married in July of 2022.

lynette furstenberg

Lynette has been working in the accounting world for years. She joined our team as a contracted bookkeeper in 2020. After a couple years we hired her to take the role of Accountant on our staff and we're so grateful to have her! She loves the Lord and wants to use her gifts to build the Kingdom of God. She has 3 great kids and a wonderful son in law.


Darren Johnson
Director of Training

Darren has been involved in vocational ministry in the Bay Area for over 25 years serving as a pastor in several churches and other ministry contexts. He is currently pastoring a church in the Cambrian Park area of San Jose. Darren has been married to Cheryl since August of 1995 and they have four children, Justin (2000), Zachary (2002), Trey (2004), and Kate (2006). Darren has a passion for spiritual formation, discipleship and training. Seeing people grow into their new creation status as followers of Jesus is his life’s work. Darren and his family have been involved in various collegiate and high school athletics including baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, and field hockey.

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