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Clarendon Christian Learning Center director retires after more than 20 years of service


Erie Brown, the dedicated and inspiring executive director of the Clarendon Christian Learning Center (CCLC), has retired after more than 20 years of service. A celebration was held on May 26th to honor her leadership and commitment to promoting Biblical literacy in Clarendon County.

Brown’s journey with CCLC began in the late 1990s when a group of mothers, including Brown, formed a Moms in Prayer International group, meeting weekly to pray for their children and local schools. This group spearheaded the creation of a Released Time Bible Education (RTBE) program for Clarendon School District 2, which eventually led to the formation of CCLC.

In June 1999, an official board was established, with Brown serving as chairman. By the fall of 1999, the first classes were held in a portable classroom adjacent to Manning High School. Over the years, under Brown’s steadfast leadership, the program expanded significantly, teaching thousands of students across multiple grades and school districts.

Brown’s influence and dedication have been monumental in shaping the spiritual lives of countless students. The CCLC community expresses deep gratitude for her unwavering commitment to the center’s mission and is excited about continuing the work she started.

During Brown’s tenure, CCLC grew from a small group of high school students to serving nearly 900 students annually at its peak. The program expanded to include students from grades 2 through 12, offering high school elective credits, organizing prayer walks, hosting end-of-year programs, and coordinating various community and student activities.

CCLC’s mission, rooted in its statement of faith, emphasizes the importance of Biblical education and the development of a Christian worldview among students. Brown’s leadership ensured that these values were consistently upheld and integrated into every aspect of the center’s programs.

Community members and former students expressed their appreciation and admiration for Brown through social media tributes. “Erie, you are an amazing lady, and Clarendon County is in a much better place having had you in this Christian leadership role for so many years,” wrote Julie DuRant Wood. “Blessings and love go with you in your future endeavors.”

Gwen H. Lee commented, “What a wonderful, wonderful service you spearheaded to teach these kids about Jesus! You didn’t let the obstacles stop you - you found a way - so awesome!! Job well done - Enjoy your retirement!”

Brown’s retirement marks the end of an era for CCLC, but her legacy will continue through the students she has impacted and the ongoing work of the center. Allison Knowlton, the newly appointed director and former board member, brings a wealth of experience and a shared passion for the center’s mission.

The CCLC community looks forward to what God has in store under Knowlton’s guidance, hoping to share in Brown’s fervor to know the Lord and to make Him known.

For more than two decades, Brown has been a pillar of faith and education in Clarendon County. As she steps into retirement, the community celebrates her contributions and looks forward to the continued growth and success of the Clarendon Christian Learning Center.