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Dr. William Franklin Blue

William Franklin Blue was born in Dillon SC.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Claflin University in Orangeburg S C, and the Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury N C.  He also earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hood Theological Seminary.  Dr. Blue has done further study at Central Piedmont Community College.

A supporter of the local community, he is an avid fundraiser for the United Way of Central Carolina, and for his alma mater (Claflin).  He further supports the community with his involvement in the optimist club as a friend of youth.

Dr. Blue was inducted into the Claflin University Hall of Fame in December 2008 for outstanding community service.   In February 2009 he was recognized by the NAACP, as the Alumnus of the year from Claflin.  He had a stellar career as a regional manager for Wells Fargo Corporation.

He is the Senior Minister of Great Joy Baptist Church in McConnells South Carolina.  He is Preacher, Teacher, and Lecturer, and true to the calling God has placed upon his life.  He is a supporter of local, state, and foreign missions.  Great Joy has a strong track record for supporting disaster relief victims, and foreign missions in Africa.  Great Joy has also supported Habitat for Humanity and the local NAACP.

He is married to Lucinda Blue of Travelers Rest SC.  Dr. Blue and Lucinda are the parents of one son Jarrod, who is a graduate of Davidson College, and the University Of Tennessee School Of Law. 


Former Positions

  • United Way Speakers Bureau
  • Board Member of Friendship Missionary Church Federal Credit Union
  • President of Church Brotherhood Ministry involving all Men in Ministry
  • Committee 2000 Chairman Leading the Initiative and Creating the Vision for the Future Church 
  • Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher Promoting a Strong Christian Education that Creates Firm Foundation
  • Distinguished President of Optimist Club of Hidden Valley
  • Lieutenant Governor, Zone 9, Optimist Club
  • Member Deacon’s Council
  • Member Wells Fargo Diversity Council Selection Committee
  • President Claflin University Alumni association, Charlotte Chapter


  • KAPPA ALPHA PSI Fraternity
  • Life Member Optimist International
  • South Carolina Baptist State E&M Convention
  • National Baptist Convention