St. James Missionary Baptist Church: Clayton to be honored for decade of pastoral service

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 10:19 PM


St. James Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 10 year pastoral anniversary of Pastor William Henderson Clayton II with a pair of services Sunday at the church.

The Rev. George Crews III of Durham, pastor of Lattisville Grove Baptist Church of Hurdle Mills, will speak during morning worship at 11 a.m. Elder Ralph Miles, a former pastor of Calvary Temple United Holy Church of Henderson and current pastor of McCoy’s Temple United Holy Church of Efland, will speak during another service at 4 p.m. The Rev. William Everett, pastor of Flat Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson, will perform as a soloist during the second service. The public is invited to attend this celebration.

Clayton is the son of William and Janie Watson Clayton of Clayton. He graduated from N.C. A&T State University in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He also holds a mortuary science degree from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Ga. Entering the ministry at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church of Durham on March 27, 1994, he was ordained by his home church, Lee’s Crossroad Baptist Church of Wendell. Since coming to Vance County, he has served as the first vice president of the Vance County branch of the NAACP, a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and as a board member for the Franklin-Vance-Warren Partnership for Children.

Crews was born to the late George M. Crews Jr. and Mary B. Crews of Durham. He attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated from North Carolina Central University. He was ordained in ministry July 25, 1999.

Throughout his 40 years as a member of New Covanant Church in Burlington, he has served as a choir member, as an associate minister, and has served on both the trustee and deacon boards. He serves as both vice president of the Southern Western District Union and district elder of six churches in the United Holy Church, North Carolina region.