Editor’s note: This story originally ran April 8, 2010. At the time, Mark Clayton was a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. As of April 25, 2012, Clayton is a receiver for the St. Louis Rams.
By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton has found faith in fashion.
With the creation of MyChristianT, Clayton said the line is here to set a new standard in the fashion world by displaying the
word of God through apparel. It will hopefully serve a ministering tool to nonbelievers and a daily reminder of God’s grace to believers.
The line was launched last month, the Dallas-area native and 2005 first-round draft pick of the Ravens said.
“Wear the shirt or hoodie and it allows you to be true to yourself and not be afraid to proclaim Christ,” Clayton told Inside The Pew while on location in Norman, Okla., watching a pre-NFL Draft practice held by fellow Oklahoma Sooner, quarterback Sam Bradford. “MyChristianT speak to my identity and my purpose, why I am breathing and who I am in Christ. Being a Christian is not just a list of beliefs, it’s a way of life. We understand what Christ has done for us, and we should not be ashamed of it.”
Youth and young adults (men and women) can adorn trending t-shirts, with slogans such as “Property of Jesus” and “Team A and Ω” (Alpha and Omega). The clothing, he said, allows people to look and feel good at the same time while showcasing their faith.
Clayton said he describes MCT is a cross between Ed Hardy, Affliction and Aeropostale but definitely carries its own identity and purpose.
“We are not here to sell God or conform to traditions or customs,” he said. “Nonbelievers think that being a believer is boring.
Actually, we have peace, love and joy.”
MyChristianT has a non-profit branch, MCT Ministries. Some of MCT Ministries programs include the college scholarship fund, Missionary Rewards program, Performing Arts League and the Outreach Activities Group.
“MCT believes such opportunities will not only be instrumental in helping people on their journey but will also create a divine movement of Christ followers and Christ-like leaders.”
To learn more about MyChristianT, visit www.mychristiant.com