Rev. Dr. Clarke L. McGriff became the Servant/Pastor of Green Hill Baptist Church in October 2013. A retired Army Chaplain, he completed his career with the rank of Colonel after 30 years of active service in 2011. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Reverend McGriff married Susan J. Parker of Mill Valley, California in January of 1981. They have four adult children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Graduating with honors and being designated a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1977 from N.C. A&T State University, he would later be inducted into the N.C. A&T State University 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 Science (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 earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia International University in 2019. A distinction of his world-spanning military career is being the only African American to serve as Commandant of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School in that institution’s 103-year history. Dr. 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 greater Columbia community, Reverend McGriff has served as a Board Operator/Announcer for Columbia radio station WFMV, 95.3 FM. He has served a two-year term as Board President of the Midlands Coalition of Churches. Pastor McGriff served six consecutive years as a proud “BIG” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization of Columbia, SC, and currently serves weekly as a Classroom Mentor at Killian Elementary School.
Reverend McGriff holds Life memberships in the following: NAACP, Military Officers Association of America, U.S. Army War College Alumni Association, Military Chaplains Association, 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 and the Concerned Clergy of Kershaw County.
Pastor McGriff is a golf enthusiast. He and Susan enjoy traveling, especially cruises. He also enjoys movies, swimming, and his favorite passion, music.