Board of Directors
David Baker, Chairman & Martha Baker, Member
The Bakers, a husband and wife team, have been married 32+ years and have one daughter. David is a business consultant and Martha is an adult education teacher. This couple has taught a Sunday school class for adults with disabilities for more than 22 years at First Baptist Church in Manning, SC, where David serves as a deacon. The Bakers have served on the board of CCLC since its inception, contributing countless hours that included Martha’s participation in the Moms-In-Touch group that prayed for this ministry two years prior to its establishment and David’s contribution of valuable business acumen and leadership.
Dawn Holladay Jordan, Vice-Chair
Dawn and her husband, Kurt, have two children, Olivia (11) and Nathan (9). The Jordans live in New Zion and farm cattle. Dawn works part time as an MRI technologist at CHS-Marion. She is a member of Turbeville Southern Methodist Church, where she teaches the beginner's Sunday school class. Dawn also enjoys helping with children's church, VBS, and other activities, as well as reading and spending time with family.
Kirby Johnson, Treasurer
Kirby Johnson grew up in Sardinia, graduated from Clemson University in Agriculture Economics, and is a self-employed farmer, warehouseman, and cotton ginner. He and his wife, Miriam (a former CCLC board member), have lived “all over” Clarendon County, but now make their home near Alcolu with two children God gave them through adoption. Both born in Ukraine, Leah and David participated in CCLC classes during their primary and elementary school years. Other than his new mid-life role as Dad, Kirby enjoys singing in his church choir, cooking, and spending time at the beach. His “green thumb” helps keep the Johnson’s yard tame. He also says he “used to play golf"!
Derrick is a licensed financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Manning, SC. He has been the senior pastor of Great Commission Ministries (one church with three locations) for the past 20 years. He graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has pursued graduate studies in Theology at Regent University and Liberty University. He serves on the board of the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, and is a volunteer chaplain with the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office. He resides in New Zion, SC, with Sabrina, his wife of 22 years, and their two children, Brooklyn (18) and Isaac (13).
Dr. Gordon K. Reed
Dr. Gordon K. Reed was born in Bristol, Tennessee and is a graduate of King College (B.A.), Columbia Seminary (B.D.), and Covenanter College (L.L.D.). He is married to Miriam (Clark); together they have five married children and a multitude of grandchildren and great grandchildren. The eleven pastorates he has filled are located in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee. A well sought-after speaker, Dr. Reed’s ministry conferences have taken him to fifteen states and two countries, Belize and Japan. He has served on a number of ministry boards, as a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, and as contributing editor of Presbyterian Journal and Christian Observer. In addition to his many years of preaching, pastoring, leadership, and mentoring - which he continues to date - Dr. Reed has authored six books; four remain in print and are available at www.reasonablehope.com.
Judy grew up as one of six children, but her family was always taking in more kids. Her father lost some fingers in a childhood accident, making it hard for him to find work. Judy's parents had big hearts and gave them a good life in spite of the hardships. "God was always first," she says. "I know what it's like to be poor but always happy." Judy has been a mom for 47 years and a Grammy for 21 years. She attends First Baptist Church of Manning and works with the children there. After many years working with youth, she can relate to kids. She loves all of them and recognizes their need for attention, guidance, and love. In spite of health issues that would make it easy to say "no," Judy has perservered. She knows that she is doing what God wants her to do. Judy pushed for schools to allow "moments of silence." She hoped to at least open doors for other groups like CCLC. She joined CCLC because she really believes in what is being done with the schools.
Allison Blackmon Knowlton, Secretary7
Allison graduated from Winthrop University in 2007 with a double major in Political Science and History. Currently, she is a full-time homemaker and part-time rural mail carrier. She is married to Benny Knowlton and they have two children, Benjamin and Dory. Her hobbies include gardening and traveling. As a young single Christian, Allison traveled to 14 different countries, including a two-year term of church planting and disciple-making in Northern India. A native of Clarendon District 3, Allison’s personal testimony clearly states her interest in Released Time Bible Education. “My heart is burdened for the youth of Clarendon County because I was like many of them. I was deceived to think being a Christian meant just staying out of trouble. At 16, God interrupted my life. It became clear that through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus, my perfect Heavenly Father desired to have a relationship with me. While I love seeing God's beauty amongst the nations, it is clear to me that the Lord desires the lost to be reached at home and abroad with great urgency. He has burdened my heart to impact the lost abroad by raising up strong arrows at home in Clarendon County (Ps. 127). I am thankful to be a part of a Christ dependent organization that seeks to daily interrupt young lives with God's Word and Love.”