Bolton honored for ‘faithful service’ to church, community


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Sue Lee talks about Rev. Ray Bolton during a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. Bolton was honored by proclamation upon his 13-year pastoral anniversary at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Clinton.


A Renaissance man, the Rev. Ray Charles Bolton has spent his time not only working on the City of Clinton’s infrastructure, but ministering to people in the community and mentoring children so they might also become productive members of their community.

The Sampson County Board of Commissioners recently lauded Bolton for his accomplishment, specifically approving a proclamation honoring the reverend of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church upon his 13th pastoral anniversary. On Sunday, the congregation of Red Hill MBC of Clinton held a special celebration in honor of Bolton.

“Ray is a nice young man and I would like to bring his name to the forefront,” said county board vice-chairwoman Sue Lee, who noted a number of “good conversations” with Bolton over the years. “He’s a nice young man and I think it’s awesome he’s been there for 13 years.”

For those past 13 years, Bolton “has offered faithful service to the congregants of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Clinton, preaching, teaching and ministering, particularly devoted to the youngest and oldest members as he believes that the church must effectively link the hope of the future with the wisdom of the past,” the county’s resolution read.

Bolton has demonstrated leadership in his church and with his colleagues as an active participant in the Western Union Missionary Baptist Association, and in his community, which he has served as a dedicated employee of the City of Clinton Public Works Department and as a volunteer Little League coach. Bolton was recognized by the City of Clinton during a city banquet earlier this year upon his 25th year with the city’s Water and Sewer Department.

“The fruit of Reverend Bolton’s willing labor for the Lord are the lives of the youth and children he has so generously supported and mentored and a progressive congregation united in Christian fellowship and devoted to the spiritual and physical growth of their community,” the resolution read.

“We honor and praise Reverend Bolton on this special occasion for his deep and abiding Christian commitment, his ministerial leadership and his civic service, and we celebrate his congregation as well on their rich heritage of faith and service.”

Sue Lee talks about Rev. Ray Bolton during a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. Bolton was honored by proclamation upon his 13-year pastoral anniversary at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Clinton.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_bolton.jpgSue Lee talks about Rev. Ray Bolton during a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. Bolton was honored by proclamation upon his 13-year pastoral anniversary at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Clinton.

By Chris Berendt

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