Reverend Clarke L. McGriff has been the Servant/Pastor of Green Hill Baptist Church since October 2013. A retired military Chaplain (Colonel), he is a 30 year Army Veteran and a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. Reverend McGriff married Susan J. Parker of Mill Valley, California in January of 1981. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
An honor graduate in 1977 from N.C. A & T State University, he was also inducted into the NC A&T ROTC Hall of Fame in April 2011.
Ordained into the Gospel Ministry in June of 1980, Pastor McGriff earned the Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in December 1980. In 1988 he earned the Master of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) degree from Kansas State University. He would later earn the Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College in 2002. Reverend McGriff is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. A distinction of his world-spanning military career was being the only African American to serve as Commandant of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School in that institution’s 99 year history. Reverend McGriff was also the first Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center at Fort Jackson, SC.
In March 2011, Clarke and Susan established Living Stones Relationships Plus, LLC, a ministry that focuses on building relationship skills for Families, Couples, Singles, Youth and Children. Their spiritual sacrifice to God by serving His people is founded on 1 Peter 2:4-5.
Active in the Community, Reverend McGriff has served as a Board Operator/ Announcer for Columbia radio station WFMV, 95.3 FM. He is Board President of the Midlands Coalition of Churches. Pastor McGriff is a proud “BIG” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization of Columbia, SC, and serves as a Classroom Mentor each week at Killian Elementary School. Additionally, he is a mentor for a seminary student at Columbia International University.
Reverend McGriff holds Life memberships in the following: NAACP, Military Officers Association of America, U.S. Army War College Alumni Association, Military Chaplains Association, USA, the Chaplains Regimental Association, ROCKS, Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He also holds membership in the American Legion, N.C. A&T State University Alumni Association and the Association of the U.S. Army.
Pastor McGriff is a golf enthusiast. He and Susan also like to travel, especially cruises. He also enjoys movies, swimming, golf and music, which is his passion.