Claude grew up in a parsonage, the son of a United Methodist pastor. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Divinity School. He received his doctorate in ministry from Asbury Seminary in 2011. Claude has traveled in mission to Cambodia (twice), to Tanzania to train Methodist pastors, and to Nicaragua, where he preached, baptized and conducted a wedding in Spanish. Claude cites the most important characteristic of a church appointment to be a Missional Focus.
Claude and his wife Lorie have an adult son and a daughter attending UNC-Greensboro.