As Director of Communication, Danette Clifton blends an uncanny knowledge of things Methodist with the desire of her heart—telling stories. For more than a decade, Danette has been sharing about how United Methodists are changing their corner of North Alabama and the world beyond. Telling these amazing, life-changing stories is not only her favorite part of the job, it’s also her biggest inspiration. Her skills allow her to communicate through written word, video, mass e-mail and other media technology.
In her early spiritual formation, Danette moved toward perfection, precision and finesse through the discipline of marching. During a stint in the Auburn University marching band, Danette developed a competitive spirit that surfaces in the triumphant flair she displays when she finishes a half marathon (hours after the race winner)—or a marathon game of Trivial Pursuit. Her involvement in the Auburn Wesley Foundation was the means through which she answered a call into full-time Christian service. So she marched to accept her undergrad degree in public relations at Auburn, and then continued the journey by earning her master’s in religious communications from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
As a layperson, Danette lives her faith beyond the office through serving on the Board of P.E.E.R., Inc.—a conference Advance Special—and spending many summer Saturdays at the East Lake Farmer’s Market. She is also active in three-day communities including the Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, Epiphany, and Kairos.
A native of Columbiana, Alabama, Danette now lives in Homewood with her husband Pete and a sweet but spoiled terrier mutt named Romy.