Our Pastor

On January 26, 1992, Pastor Ronald Griffin was installed as the second pastor of The Rose of Sharon COGIC and in July 1998, Bishop John H. Sheard, Chairman of the Board of Bishops for the National COGIC, appointed Pastor Griffin, Superintendent of the Rose of Sharon District. Since the day of his appointment, Pastor Griffin and his wife Linda Faye Griffin have worked tirelessly to serve God and his people in every capacity required.

Pastor Griffin's formative years were rooted in the loving discipline and spiritual guidance he received from his parents, Vivian and Richard Clowney, and the Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishops, Elders, and Mothers of the Church. Most significantly, in later years, his late father-in-law, Bishop Willie LeRoy Harris, and his late mother-in-law, Ima Harris, directed his theological formation and Christian thinking.

Not only has Pastor Griffin been a leader in the Church of god in Christ, but he has been a leader in the city of Detroit for over 40 years. From corporate to community, he has established himself as a strong advocate for the community and a voice willing to speak out on matters that require leadership in the city.

For nearly 26 years, Pastor Griffin was employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in leadership/executive positions and was responsible for several key operations and hundreds of employees. Prior to devoting all of his time to his Pastoral Ministry, Pastor Griffin was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Urban League. In that capacity, he revitalized community programs and their relationship with other community organizations. His most recent post in city leadership was in the capacity of Chair of the Board of The Detroit Police Commission. Pastor Griffin pushed for changes in the city's towing practices and more importantly for a cohesive city wide plan to combat the growing gun violence in and around the city of Detroit.

Pastor Griffin is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and receives immeasurable support from his family and friends to do the Lord's work. His work is more effectual with the assistance he receives from his wife of 38 years, First Lady Linda Faye Griffin; his son Ronald; his daughter Dianne; his daughter-in-law, Danielle; his son-in-law, Reuben; his six grandchildren, and other relatives, friends, and his Church family.

Pastor Griffin is a graduate of Southwestern High School and earned his Bachelor of General Studies degree with distinction from Wayne State University in 1980.

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