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Griffith honored at LSUMC anniversary

Posted: October 4, 2012 5:55 p.m.
Updated: October 5, 2012 5:00 a.m.

As Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church (LSUMC) celebrated its 225th anniversary during Sunday Homecoming, it bestowed a special honor, surprising one of its most beloved former ministers.

The Rev. Frank Griffith, who served LSUMC from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2008, received the special designation of Pastor Emeritus.

“We are blessed that Frank and his wife, Jo, have chosen to retire in Camden and make Lyttleton Street their church home,” Staff-Parish Chairperson Emily Best said. “Lyttleton Street’s strength and outreach to the community are due in large part to Frank’s leadership.”

Best said the title of Pastor Emeritus makes Griffith an honorary member of the pastoral staff and recognizes the value of his contributions.

“A church is so much stronger when its relationships with former pastors are full of respect, love and belonging, and this is exactly the case between Rev. Griffith and the Lyttleton Street congregation,” the Rev. Steve Patterson, current LSUMC minister said. “Individually and together, Frank and Jo are tremendous blessings to this church. This recognition is well-deserved.”

In addition to serving as the Rock Hill District superintendent and director of clergy services for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Griffith has pastured churches in Greenwood, Columbia, Lancaster and Camden.

In 2010, the United of Way of Kershaw County awarded Griffith its highest honor: the Jake Watson Award for Volunteer Service, for his instrumental role in starting the Food for the Soul ministry.

Griffith was born in Orangeburg. He graduated from The Citadel in 1965 and from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1968. He and Jo have two daughters and four granddaughters.

(Provided by Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church)

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