Dr. Danny Griffin, Founder of Grace Fellowship

Danny Griffin was born in Rochester, New York in 1936. He was raised inSouth Carolina and Florida. His father, grandfather, and uncle were allBaptist ministers. His father was a minister for almost 70 years. His motherwas a school teacher for over 50 years. He graduated from DuBose Academyin Zellwood, Florida. He continued his studies at Furman University inGreenville, South Carolina. He then attended Ouachita University inArkadelphia, Arkansas, graduating with a B.A. degree. He earned his M. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated withhis Th.D. from Trinity Seminary in Evansville, Indiana.

During the process of his education, Danny spoke in youth crusades andrallies for three years and served as a Minister of Youth at Trinity BaptistChurch in San Antonio, Texas. From there he moved to Louisville, Kentuckyto attend Seminary serving as Minister of Music and Youth at MelbourneHeights Baptist Church.
In his senior year of Seminary he became pastor of First Baptist Church ofElizabeth, Indiana. After graduating He became pastor of Elliott BaptistChurch of Camden, Arkansas. In 1962 he moved to Charlotte, North Carolinaand became Pastor of Wilmount Baptist Church. During his ministry there, hebegan Beach Trips, a speciality youth ministry, Live A Long Time and Like ItClub, a senior ministry and developed the Agape Center, one of the first drugoutreach and counseling programs in Charlotte in the late 1960’s.

In 1972 Dr. Herb Smith, Henry Lewis, Ray Mendenhall, Danny and fiftydedicated men and women, founded Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc.,which served as the parent organization of Carolina Christian Fellowship,Carolina Christian Child Development Center, and Carolina Christian DaySchool. Danny served as President of the Board and Pastor/Teacher of theFellowship, Headmaster of the Day School until 1979.

In January of 1980 he moved to Magnolia, Arkansas to serve asPastor/Teacher of Immanuel Baptist Church. There he continued the BeachTrip Youth Ministry, began the Institute of Biblical Studies for universitystudents, and began and directed the Tour America youth ministry. Hebecame the guest speaker on the radio program, Power Line, went to Indiatwice to teach pastors, and do village evangelism. He began taking youthyearly to Mexico for hands on mission ministry and discipleship. For asemester he taught psychology at Southern Arkansas University. Dannyviews his spiritual ministry as a pastor/teacher.

In August of 1989 after returning from India, he returned to Charlotte asPresident of Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc. and Pastor/Teacher ofCarolina Community Church. In 2004 Danny and the Board of Directorsdetermined it was time to sell the property on Freedom Drive that had housedthe different ministries of Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc. since it’sinception in 1972. Another ministry purchased the property to continue it’suse to the glory of God. The ministry of Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc.moved it’s office to 716 Grays Creek Lane and began Grace Fellowship, adiscipling and outreach ministry.

Danny is married to Diane and they have five grown children. Diane serves as business administrator for Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc., teaches a women’s Bible study and directs Women’s Anothering Ministry addressing women’s needs and issues. 

Danny's hobbies are electronics, motorcycles, music, and writing. His personal ministry is Spiritual Maintenance, a ministry of discipleship through writing,teaching, and one on one sharing of spiritual principles.


  • Hampden Dubose Academy / Zellwood, FL
  • Ouachita University / Arkadelphia, AR / B.A.
  • Southern Seminary / Louisville, KY / M.Div.
  • Trinity Seminary / Evansville, IN / Th.D.


  • Evangelism / Youth Rallies / Revivals
  • Arkansas / Texas / North & South Carolina / Idaho
  • Minister of Youth / Second Baptist Church / Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Minister of Youth / Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Minister of Music & Youth / Melbourne
  • Heights Church / Louisville, Kentucky
  • Pastor / First Baptist Church / Elizabeth, IN
  • Pastor / Elliott Baptist Church / Camden, AR
  • Pastor / Wilmont Baptist Church / Charlotte, NC
  • Birth of Beach Trip Ministries
  • Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc. 501(c)3 1972
  • Pastor / Carolina Christian Fellowship
  • Headmaster / Teacher - Carolina Christian School, Charlotte, NC
  • Pastor / Immanuel Church / Magnolia, AR
  • Director / Institute of Biblical Studies
  • Director: Beach Trip & Tour America Youth Ministries
  • Mission Ministries in India & Mexico
  • Instructor: Southern Arkansas University
  • Produced: Daily Radio Program / “Powerline”
  • Returned to Charlotte, NC / President - 1989
  • Carolina Christian Ministries, Inc.
  • Pastor / Carolina Community Church
  • Spiritual Maintenance Personal Ministry

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