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Claflin University Board of Visitors Member Rev. Dr. George Alfred McClenan, ’79, Retires from Ministry

Jul 27, 2012

The Rev. Dr. George Alfred McClenan retired after serving more than three decades in the ministry – including pastoring churches in Orangeburg and Bamberg – during a special ceremony on July 6 in Holly Hill.

McClenan is a 1979 graduate of Claflin University and currently serves on the institution’s Board of Visitors.  He is a past chair of the United Methodist Church’s South Carolina Annual Conference Board of Evangelism and Council of Ministry. 

In 1976 while still matriculating at the University, McClenan was appointed by Bishop Edward Tullis to serve at Edisto Fork UMC in Orangeburg and later the Bamberg Circuit from 1977-1980.  McClenan pastored also pastored churches in Greer, Lake City, Florence and Charleston. 

He returned to Edisto Fork in 1991 and presided over its congregation for six years. 

McClenan is a veteran of the U.S. Army who had a tour of duty in the Vietnam War.   He obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Interdenominational Center Seminary and a Ph.D. from Drew University.  McClenan is currently a professor at the Interdominational Theological Center in Florence.

McClenan is married to the former Betty Middleton and they have two children, Tonya Dion and the late George Alfred, II. 


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