Rolen, Clara June McLain

CALIFORNIA, Fresno – CLARA JUNE MCLAIN ROLEN, 81, passed away February 13, 2010. She was born June 20, 1928, in Featherston, Oklahoma.


    Clara’s love for Christ, as well as her pride in her Choctaw Indian heritage came from her father. June invited Christ into her life at age 9 in Oklahoma City. By age 12, June was playing piano at church meetings and revivals. And at sweet 16, in 1945, she graduated from Shawnee High School in Oklahoma. Her career as a full charge bookkeeper began for a florist in Oklahoma. Once in California, the Kerman Bank of America was blessed by her aptitude with numbers. Her bookkeeping career continued at Link Care Center in Fresno, where she worked from 1980 until her retirement in 1994. Serving Christ was June’s greatest passion throughout her life.

In partnership with her husband, the couple planted and pastored churches in Firebaugh, Blythe, Calwa, Clovis, and Memorial Free Will Baptist in Fresno, which merged with New Hope Community Church in 1992, where the couple served both the congregation and community as Paster Emeritus and wife. June’s spiritual leadership was evident in her positions for Women’s Ministries, where she presided many years as Local Church President, District President (Central Association of Free Will Baptist), California State President, and National President from 1983 to 1987, of the W.N.A.C. (Women Nationally Active for Christ) of Free Will Baptist churches. June also served in other denominational leaderhship roles. She was Clerk-Treasurer for the Center Association of Free Will Baptist Churches, and also served over 20 years in the same capacity for the California State Association of Free Will Baptist. She was the Director of the Executive Office of the California Free Will Baptist, and the Editor of VOICE, the state paper for the denomination. From 1968-1972, June served as the bookkeeper at California Christian College in Fresno. She was the daughter, wife, and mother of a preacher. (Bishinik, April 2010)

 

 

 

 

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