Pastor Leonard O. Griffin is the youngest son of eight (8) children born to Alma and the late Glasglow S. Griffin, Sr. of Edgefield, South Carolina. He is a May 1999 graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and a Minor in Religious Education, from Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina ranking third (3rd) in a class of 186. He is an honors graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS), Rochester, New York earning the Master of Divinity in May of 2002. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserves.
He and his wife, Wandalyn Kenner Griffin, have been married since 1991. They are the proud parents of three (3): Samuel DeLeon (deceased), Kandy JaNay and Kemuel James-Owen Griffin. Pastor Griffin entered ministry in January 1992 and preached his first sermon at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Johnston, South Carolina. This event was an answering to a call from God that he now realizes was initiated when he was nine years old! The Simmon Ridge Samaritan Baptist Association, Edgefield, South Carolina in 1993, ordained him.
He has served as Pastor of the Fairmount (Williston, SC) and Zion Field Missionary Baptist Churches, (Aiken, SC), the Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Syracuse, NY, 2002 - 2005 and as Senior Pastor since 2005 of the historic Morris Street Baptist Church in Charleston, SC. Since becoming the Pastor of Morris Street, the Pastor has given leadership to a thirty-five member Strategic Planning Committee and completed a strategic plan, which the congregation adopted for implementation, for the future of this 146 year-old congregation! Over 25 ministries have been created or revitalized under this plan. Notable among the ministries created is the church's partnership with Burke Middle High School named "The Social Butterflies". This community outreach to "at-risk" 12-14 year-old girls seeks to increase the participants' sense of self-worth, perspective toward education, and to develop and define short and long term goals. The ultimate purpose is to help them become self-sufficient, motivated adults!
Pastor Griffin is a subscribing Life Member of the NAACP, Charleston Branch and has volunteered services with Low Country AIDS Services, a division of the Charleston County Health Department. He has served as "Principal for a Day" at Hursey Elementary School and at Susan G. Boykin Academy of Performing Arts, North Charleston, SC. He graduated from The Diversity Leadership Academy, the educational division of The American Institute for Managing Diversity. Their purpose is "to equip leaders from various community sectors with the leadership skills and competencies to effectively manage diversity".
In 2008, he received the Community Award in Religion from the MOJA Festival for his efforts to improve the Charleston community. From 2009-2012, he served on the Advisory Board of the Charleston Trident Urban League. He also has served as Co-Chair of the YWCA Tri-County Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Worship Services for four years.
Christian Education is a hallmark of his ministry. Pastor Griffin currently serves as the Director of the Morris College, Charleston Extension Certificate Class, educating aspiring Lay Leaders, and licensed and ordained ministers. He also serves as an instructor with the Charleston County Baptist Sunday School Congress and the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. Additionally, he is the Assistant Dean of the SC Baptist Congress of Christian Education and General Secretary of the Charleston County Missionary Baptist Association. Pastor Griffin remains in high demand as an evangelist, lecturer, and Christian Education consultant.