Reverend James E. Clinkscales was born in Anderson, South Carolina. He is the son of the late James E. Clinkscales Sr. and Mrs. Jennie H. Clinkscales. He is the fourth of five children. He is married to the former Patricia E. Walker and through this union they have two beautiful daughters, Joye and Jowana.
He graduated from Westside High School and attended Friendship Junior College. In 1969 he was drafted in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he continued his education. He graduated from Benedict College with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education. He attended South Carolina State College, Clemson University, University of Georgia and Morris College Extension (Theology). On May 23rd 2011, Reverend Clinkscales was blessed to retire from Elbert County, Ga. School System, with 30 years of dedicated service. He has served as a teacher, coach, administrator, and mentor for so many of God's children, their parents, faculty and staff, at Elbert County Middle School, in Elberton, Ga.
Christian Experience: Reverend Clinkscales joined Royal Baptist Church in 1957. He professed the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1979. He was an active member of Royal where he served as Sunday School Teacher of the Men's Class, Sunday School Superintendent, Male Choir President, Senior Choir President, Member of the Royal Messiah Choir and the Usher Board. In 1987 he was ordained as a Deacon of Royal Baptist Church. He received his calling to the ministry in 1987 and received his Certificate of License in the Ministry. He was ordained by the Rocky River Association in 1991.
Reverend Clinkscales was the Pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church in Elberton Georgia from 1989 -1996 and Shiloh Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina from 1996-2009.
In October 2010, he was called to be the Pastor and Shepherd of Royal Baptist Church, Anderson South Carolina.