Contributed by Cedar Grove Baptist Church
Reverend Clarence Thomas,the senior pastor of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Enoree, retired on June 28.
Rev. Thomas was born in Union County on June 21, 1939 to the late Clarence and Ada Thomas. He has been happily married to Mary Casey Thomas for 60 years and they had four children, Cameron, Donna, James, and Keith. The couple also has seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He currently resides in Woodruff.
As the leader and provider of his family, Rev. Thomas worked a total of three jobs during his career. He worked at Jeffery Manufacturing for 10 years. He served as a supervisor and manager at General Electrics (GE) for 27 years. He then pastored the Cedar Grove Baptist Church for 25 years.
Rev. Thomas provided a reflection on his service and pastoral tenure at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He stated, “One of the many things that I enjoyed about pastoring was preaching and teaching the word of God.”
He has pastored only one church during his entire pastoral journey because he indicated that he felt that Cedar Grove was the church where God wanted him to be and he chose to be obedient to the assignment on his life.
During his retirement, Rev. Thomas’ plans to care for his wife and travel. Specifically, he would love to visit California again. He will also continue to enjoy reading and spending time with his family.
He plans to continue collaborating with local clergy from diverse backgrounds. “Considering the climate of today’s world, I appreciate coming together with other religious leaders to discuss the affairs of the community. Additionally, I plan to continue the dialogue with community leaders to rectify issues impacting our community,” said Rev. Thomas.
Upon his retirement, Rev. Thomas wants the members of Cedar Grove to continue to love, fellowship, and spread the message of the gospel that he shared with them over the past 25 years.