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Reverend James Earl Clanton, Jr. was born in Littleton, North Carolina to the late James E. and Ruth M. Clanton. He is a product of the Halifax County public schools. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and has completed graduate studies at Shaw Divinity School. Reverend Clanton has been an employee of United Parcel Service for the last 36 years. He is currently a Supervisor in the Customer Solutions Group.
He responded to the divine call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was licensed to preach the gospel at Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh under the pastor, Reverend Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr., on May 22, 1994. He was ordained on October 7, 2001. He served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church New Hill in New Hill, North Carolina from December 2001 to July 2014. Heeding the direction of God and the desires of the Wake Baptist Grove Church congregation, Reverend Clanton became pastor at Wake Baptist Grove Church in Garner, North Carolina on August 1, 2014. He was officially installed on September 28, 2014.
While serving as Pastor at First Baptist, Reverend Clanton fought along with other community leaders to stop four municipalities from building a regional wastewater treatment plant in the predominately African American section of New Hill. His efforts were recognized by North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN) who honored him as the recipient of the network's 2010 Florenza Moore Grant Community Environmental Justice Award. Reverend Clanton was also the Vice Moderator of District 3 in the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association from 2006 to July 2014. As the Vice Moderator, he lead ten churches in following the doctrine of the association and the vision of the association moderator.
Reverend Clanton is the blessed husband of 32 years to the former Patricia Jackson of Nashville, North Carolina. They have three children, a daughter, Jamesha Patrice, age 27, a son, James Patrick, age 24 and a second son, Jameson Phillip, age 18. The familyresides in Garner, North Carolina.
Reverend Clanton strives to be a servant of God, to serve His people, and to lift up thename of Jesus so that men, women, and children might be drawn unto Christ.



Reverend James E. Clanton, Jr.