About Earl

My wife, Marilyn McDowell Griffin is a wonderful and vivacious woman who spent 31 years as an educator in the Merriweather County School System.  We have seven outstanding children who are all “out of the nest.”

As for me, I’m a nerd with two masters degrees: 2012 M.S. in Leadership Studies, Walden University and a 1996 Master, Divinity, Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC.  I also completed two years doctoral studies with Walden University in the area of Learning Management and received an Online Doctorate in Religious Studies with Ashwood University.

Currently, I serve as Pastor, Lane Chapel CME Church, Shreveport, La.; a Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer, John Maxwell Group; and University of Phoenix faculty member.

Finally, I am a retired veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Army and am the recipient of the U.S. Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

More recently, I received the “2014 Making a Difference Award” from the Shreveport-Bossier-Desoto African-American Awards Committee; “2011 Citizen of the Year” by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and the “W. C. Larkin Award” from the Interdenominational Theological Center of the Phillips School of Theology in Atlanta, Ga.

My wife and I reside in Shreveport, La.

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