Pastor L. E. Clinkscales
Rev. Lawrence E. Clinkscales was born November 27, 1961 in Los Angeles California, to Leroy and Thelma Clinkscales. He was the last child of a family of 10 with 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Lawrence attended Los Angeles Unified Schools and graduated from George Washington High school in June 1979.
While in his high school years Lawrence won a summer school scholarship to attend Northfield Mount Hermon a private college prep boarding school located in Massachusetts. After high school he attended college at El Camino Community College and West Los Angeles College majoring in accounting and business management. Lawrence has worked in the accounting field for over 35 years with a focus on nonprofit accounting and taxes for 20 of those years.
Lawrence was baptized at an early age at the El Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where his mother served as minister of music. At the age of 12 Lawrence united with the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. E.C. Johnson. It was here where he learned about church management and was rooted in the word of God.
In May of 1996 Lawrence felt the urge of God’s calling into the ministry. On October 13, 1996 he preached his first sermon and was licensed into the ministry at the Greater Hopewell Full Gospel Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth B. Pitchford. In August 2000 Rev. Clinkscales was ordained into the ministry at Greater Hopewell.
Over the last 16 years Rev. Clinkscales has worked with various churches as a Spiritual Overseer, Interim Pastor and Guest Speaker. In 2008 he united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bakersfield CA. He has served faithfully as an Associate Minister under Pastor H. T. Calhoun in various capacities assigned to him. TO name a few VBS and BTU Director, Sunday School Teacher, Director of Christian Director, and Pastoral Celebration Chairman.
In 2007 Rev. Clinkscales completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology at Sacramento Theological Seminary. On May 22, 2016 Rev. Clinkscales was elected to serve the Second Baptist Church of Fresno as Senior Pastor.