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. Butch Blackwell, Nurture Minister

Email: gblackwell@stjohns-umc.org
Phone: 803.648.6891 ext 214

Butch is a Newberry College graduate with a dual degree in Economics and Political Science. For many years he sought to fulfill God’s call on my life by working for the largest health insurance provider in SC where I rose to the position of Senior Director of Hospital and Ancillary Contracting. He felt God leading me to give up that career and begin studies for ministry in the UMC. He has been active in his home church as Lay Leader, Finance Committee Chair, Sunday School teacher and as a Certified Lay Speaker. He has spent the last seven years serving as pastor of Clinton UMC in Salley, SC.

Butch completed the five-year Course of Study through Duke Divinity School and the two-year Advanced Course of Study so that he will be ordained as an Elder in the UMC. He loves ministry and every aspect of it. His electives have centered on pastoral care, counseling, and every manner of nurture.

His wife, Karen Rast Blackwell, has been a wonderful example and inspiration in the ministry of nurture. She recently retired after 36 years as a Special Education Teacher. They have been married since 1981. They have a daughter, Allison Blackwell Arant of Apex, N.C., a son, Grayson, Jr. of Breckenridge, Colorado and three beautiful grandchildren, Clarkson and twins Anna Rast and Sims. Their Son-in-law, Todd Arant serves Apex United Methodist Church (Apex, N.C) as Director of Traditional Worship.


Rev. Douglas Herlong, Minister for Missions, Evangelism, and Young Adult Ministries

Email: dherlong@stjohns-umc.org
Phone: 803.648.6891 ext 218

Rev. Douglas is a native of Johnston, SC and completed his Master’s of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 2020. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Clemson University and was actively involved in various campus ministry settings. Douglas was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the South Carolina Annual Conference following his graduation and is serving at St. John’s for his first appointment.

Rev. Douglas has a heart for outreach ministry, especially for young adults, and is committed to the work of missions, evangelism, discipleship and Christian education.

His hobbies include guitar playing, traveling, hunting, and sports. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to football games, and being involved in the local community.