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Clayton receives Pastoral Charge at Galilee Baptist Church

Left to Right: Rev. Simmons, Bishop, Floyd White, Rev. Ronald E.Clayton, Rev. McKinley Ravenell. Photo by Gar Linder.

Left to Right: Rev. Simmons, Bishop, Floyd White, Rev. Ronald E.Clayton, Rev. McKinley Ravenell. Photo by Gar Linder.

A gathering of church members, area church officials, other delegates, and guests assembled at Galilee Baptist Church, in Round O, South Carolina, on Sunday, February 17, 2013 to participate in the Service of Installation for Reverend Ronald E. Clayton.

Clayton, 48, of Smoaks, South Carolina, accepted the charge to pastor the congregation, which is affiliated with the Lovely Hill Baptist Church Association where Elem Baptist Church Pastor Reverend McKinley Ravenell serves as Moderator. Clayton’s pastor, Bishop Floyd W. White, of Lovely Hill Baptist Church in Smoaks, ministered the Spoken Word for the occasion.

Reverend White acknowledged the character and faithfulness demonstrated by Clayton, who most recently has been serving in the gospel ministry with him at Lovely Hill Baptist Church. It was cited that Clayton accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1999 at the ministry.

During the service, he was charged to help the people in the way of Jesus Christ by recognizing the call of God through the voice of the congregation to be the minister, shepherd and leader of Galilee Baptist Church. Clayton received additional admonishing and the congregation was charged to encourage their new leader with respect while serving Jesus Christ.

Clayton is not a native of Colleton County, but he has been in the community since his teenage years where he was reared by his grandfather. Clayton acknowledged his grandfather as being responsible for helping to shape him into the man that he is today. His favorite scripture is found in Psalm 27:13 which states, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Church members welcomed their new leader with open arms. Church Trustee James Walker said that he loves the new pastor and that the church was ready to receive a pastor that was full of energy and the Holy Ghost. “I love my new pastor Reverend Clayton and what a glorious time for him to be sent to us,” said Diane Simmons.

Ruby Edwards said she was excited and very glad to know the young brother speaks loud and clear. She has no problem keeping up or understanding.

Other pastors on the program were; Reverend McKinley Ravenell, Reverend Jimmy Washington, Reverend Douglas Simmons, Reverend F. Rivers, Reverend Dennis White, Reverend Ivory Tucker, and Reverend General Britt, Jr.

Gar Linder said that we are looking to see more from the man from Galilee in the near future.

Reverend Clayton’s wife, Melissa Simmons Clayton, was also recognized during the service of installation. Their two children are Devin D. Clayton and Keonna S. Clayton.

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