Meet Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Melissa Chandler, Minister to Children

Melissa Chandler serves as our Minister to Children. Melissa grew up at First Baptist and has a deep love for children.  She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently employed as a 1st grade teacher at Thornwell Charter School.  She enjoys sharing God's love with all children.  She and her husband Austin have two daughters, Anna Grace and Amelia.

Rev. Tara Webb, Minister to Students

Tara Webb is our current Minister to Students and Church Pianist.  She has served at FBC for 22 years with a total of 31 years of service in the ministry. She was born and raised in Clinton and grew up at FBC.  She had an opportunity to step into the ministry her Senior year of High School where she served at Hillcrest Baptist Church in the music ministry, children’s ministry and youth ministry for 9 years.  The door was opened for her to return home and serve in ministry in the church that impacted her life so greatly.  She is a graduate of Presbyterian College.  She is also a Vice President & Trust Officer at Arthur State Bank where she helps manage the department for the bank.  Tara has two children, Amanda and Braeden.  Both of her children are involved in worship leadership (keeping the music ministry legacy going since Tara’s great grandfather). 

Rev. Mark McMahan, Associate Pastor for Music & Worship

Rev. Mark McMahan, an accomplished musician and singer/song writer, recently joined the staff at Clinton FBC where he serves as the Associate Pastor of Music & Worship.  Outside of his love for God’s word, Mark enjoys golfing and construction projects.  His wife Cyndi enjoys reading and the ocean. They have two daughters who are now grown and three grandchildren they enjoy spending time with.

Rev. Doug Shenton, Associate Pastor for Discipleship & Outreach

Doug Shenton serves as our Associate Pastor for Discipleship & Outreach.  He oversees all ministries related to spiritual growth and community outreach.  His desire is to provide safe, sacred spaces for both seekers and believers to grow in their understanding of who God is and what it means to be in a personal relationship with Him. Doug is married to Becky Shenton.

Dr. Blake Harwell, Senior Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Blake has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. He has served at First Baptist Church Clinton since 1998. He and his wife, Dana, have two children, Brindley and Abby.

Marie Burrows, Weekday Preschool Director

Marie Burrows is the Director of the FBC Weekday Preschool.  She has been working in the field of education for over thirty years and brings a vast array of experience to the Preschool.  She has directed a preschool in California, taught preschool to high school students, and most recently, served as Assistant Headmaster at Laurens Academy.  In addition to serving as our Preschool Director, she is an adjunct professor at Piedmont Technical College and Presbyterian College.  Marie is married to Grahame Burrows and is the mother of four lovely daughters who are all married.  Marie has five grandchildren.  Marie is an active member of First Baptist Church.  She teaches a Sunday School class of 4th/5th grade students and teaches on Wednesday evening in our Girls in Action (3rd-5th  grade) class.  When not teaching, Marie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and playing games with her family.

Contact Information

​Senior Pastor: Blake Harwell -

Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Outreach: Doug Shenton -


Associate Pastor for Music and Worship: Mark McMahan –


Minister to Students: Tara Webb -


Minister to Children: Melissa Chandler -


​Financial Secretary: Emily Plowden -


Secretary / Receptionist: Amy King -

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301 South Broad Street Clinton, SC 29325


Mailing Address:

PO Box 95 Clinton, SC 29325

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Phone: (864) 833-2578 | Fax: (864) 833-2580

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