Rev. Dr. Leonard O. Griffin
B.A., M. Div., Ed. D.
I have served in and supported the BEMC of SC for well over twenty-five years as a Pastor and initially as an aspiring Minister. Throughout those years, I have engaged with the Baptist Convention and with each of her Auxiliaries. I have served as Faculty with the SCBCCE, and have been elected to serve five-year tenures for Assistant Dean, Dean, and Second Vice President of the SCBCCE. I also received appointments to serve under the Snoddy Administration as the SC Field Representative to the Home Mission Board of the NBC, USA, Inc. Under the Blassingame Administration I was appointed as a member of the Registration and Finance Team. Each church I have been privileged to serve as Pastor has provided substantial financial support to Morris College, and I have personally supported “Morris our college dear”.
B. A. - Morris College
M. DIV. - Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Ed. D. - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Reverend Dr. Leonard O. Griffin hails from Edgefield, SC. He and his beautiful wife, Wandalyn Kenner Griffin, have been blissfully married since 1991. They are the very proud parents of three (3): Samuel DeLeon (deceased), Kandy JaNay and Kemuel James-Owen Griffin! Rev. Griffin also is the youngest son of eight (8) children born to Alma and the late Glasglow S. Griffin, Sr of Edgefield, South Carolina and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Reverend Dr. Griffin has served the following churches: Fairmount Missionary Baptist Church, Williston, SC; Zion Field Missionary Baptist Church, Aiken, SC; & Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Syracuse, NY. From March 6, 2005, to April 9, 2022, Reverend Dr. Griffin served as the 7th Pastor of the Historic Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris Street, Charleston, SC. Among many achievements during his tenure remains an outreach and educational program using a curriculum entitled “Social Butterflies”. The program focused, among other things, on teaching 12–14-year-old middle school girls, who have a history of academic and behavior-related challenges, basic life skills related to hygiene and healthcare, financial literacy, relationships, and etc. Recently, the church also completed the installation of state-of-the-art audiovisual technology exceeding in value of $25,000.
Pastor Griffin led MSBC to partner with more than thirty interfaith and interracial bodies to form The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM, http://www.charlestonareajusticeministry.org/), “a growing network of faith-based congregations who are culturally, economically, geographically and religiously diverse who come together to make the Charleston area a more just place to live, work, and do business” (http://www.charlestonareajusticeministry.org/).
Morris Street Baptist Church is affectionately recognized as “The Mother Church of Negro Baptists in the Low Country of South Carolina”! The MSBC congregation serves God by serving the community and making disciples of Christ through teaching, evangelism, and worship.
On March 6, 2022, with nearly ninety percent of congregation’s support, Dr. Griffin became elected and called to serve as the twelfth Pastor of Old Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Macedonia Road, North Augusta, SC. As a son of the neighboring Edgefield County returning to the Central Savannah River Area (C.S.R.A), Dr. Griffin became installed as the Senior Pastor on Sunday, July 24, 2022. The congregation is poised to begin a prayer-saturated and Holy Spirit-led strategic planning process to proceed into a bright future.
Pastor Griffin fervently believes in education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the noteworthy Morris College, Sumter, SC in 1999. He continued his education by earning his Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York in 2002. Finally, he completed his Doctoral studies in May of 2021 having matriculated at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC. The title of his dissertation is: An Academic-Styled Seminar: An Intrinsic Case Study of the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education. The purpose of his study is to increase our knowledge, to gain an appreciation for the uniqueness, and to seek an understanding of why and how the SC Baptist Congress of Christian Education delivers Christian education to its constituency.