Our Ministers

Rev. Dr. W. Timothy McClendon, Senior Pastor

Email: tmcclendon@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803.648.6891 ext 208

Dr. Tim McClendon is a native of Edgefield, SC and is the Senior Pastor of St. John's UMC, Aiken. Dr. Tim most recently served as the Columbia District Superintendent until coming here in 2014. He has served United Methodist Churches in Cheraw, Hartsville, and Rock Hill, SC. He has been Parliamentarian for the South Carolina Annual Conference for over 20 years, and was nominated to be a bishop in the UMC in 2012. Tim is an avid potter. Dr. Tim is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina, has a Master's of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he taught theology and church law for 12 summers. He has also taught at the Lutheran Seminary in Columbia. Dr. Tim is known as a creative worship leader, teacher, and preacher who connects with people in authentic and inspiring ways.

He has been a frequent contributor to United Methodist publications, most especially with his blog "A Potter's View" (www.apottersview.com). He was the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of Candler School of Theology, Emory University for service to the church. Dr. Tim was also awarded the Denman Evangelism Award for his excellence in church growth and discipleship. He has been very involved in missions in the Philippines, Bulgaria, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and in the United States.

Dr. Tim is married to the former Cindy Godwin of Lake City, SC, and they have three children: Narcie (Mike) who is an ordained Elder in the UMC and appointed as the Wesley Foundation Director at the University of Florida. They have two children, Enoch and Evy Grace.
Josh (Karen) who is also an ordained Elder in the UMC serving as Associate Pastor at Shandon UMC in Columbia. Karen and Josh have three children: Kaela, Joella, and Jude. Tim and Cindy's youngest son, Caleb, a recent graduate of USC, resides at home. Cindy is a retired elementary school counselor.

 

Rev. Nancy Creswell Reed, Nurture Pastor

Email: nreed@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803.648.6891 ext 218

Nancy Creswell Reed joined the staff at St. John's in August of 2007 working with Adults and Seniors. She heard the call to ministry and became licensed as a Local Pastor in June of 2014.  She was appointed to St. John's at that time. Nancy's BA in Social Work from Columbia College (1980), her Masters in Social Work from University of South Carolina (1985) and many years of hospice work provide her with skills needed to serve as a Stephen Leader and to work with bereaved individuals. Working with seniors during much of her social work career, she believes that there is much that the generations can learn from each other. Welcoming those new to St. John's and helping adults of all ages grow in their Christian faith is the focus of Nancy's ministry.Nancy has been a lifelong Methodist, growing up in McCormick UMC. She worked as a counselor at Asbury Hills during college. She was active at Mt. Hebron UMC, West Columbia, prior to moving to Aiken in 1995.

In 1996, she joined St. John's and has served in many roles from college age teacher to Nursery Coordinator to volunteer with St. John's Shelter for Katrina Guests. She considers it a blessing to now serve as minister to a church that she already knew and loved.

Nancy enjoys spending time with her daughter, Addie, who is a recent graduate of Aiken High. They enjoy riding bikes, listening to books on CD, and spending time with family and friends. They also love animals and have a dog and cat at home. She and Addie traveled to Honduras in 2013 with the youth of St. John's on a Mission Trip.