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Darrell Duggins

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Darrell was born December 25, 1961 and was raised in a small town called Walnut Cove, N.C. He is a former member of Wayside Baptist Church , Caanan Baptist Church  and Dennis Baptist Church, all of Walnut Cove. Darrell  attended Gospel Light Christian School in Walkertown,N.C. where at 10 yrs old  accepted Jesus as his Savior.  At the age of 13, his mother ( Pat) moved with Duke Power from Belews Creek,N.C.  to the Duke Power Nuclear plant just outside of Rock Hill, S.C. 

 In 1978,  Darrell met Tricia (His beloved Romana) and lovely wife of 37 years. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  Darrell formerly sang lead (10 yrs) with The Heritage Quartet out of Lancaster, SC and 1 yr with Forever Changed based in Lexington, SC. Darrell is a member of and leads worship at Emmanuel Church Of The Nazarene in Rock Hill. SC when he is not on the road singing with Molded Clay. 

 The Lord laid on Darrell's heart to form "Molded Clay" in late December of 2016. Please pray for Molded Clay that we'll ALWAYS be found humble and faithful as we follow God's  leadership and direction in this ministry. 




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Born in Charlotte N.C. July 16, 1961, Joel became a Christian at the age of 7 under the leadership, guidance and prayer of strong Christian Parents. 

Joel's  love for Southern Gospel music began at a very young age. Some of Joel's fondest childhood memories include riding with his father, Joe, and  listening to and singing along with the old gospel songs. 

Joel grew up in a family whose DNA  included southern gospel music. At the age of 16, while living in Lawrenceburg, KY, our family formed The Roberts Family, a gospel group made up of Joel, his father Joe, mother Hilda, two bothers and sister.

At 17, Joel formed the Lawrenceburg Quartet along with three others from his high school. They sang throughout the state of Kentucky and ministered to inmates in the prison system. Joel continued his singing in 1993 with The Hickory Grove Quartet of Charlotte, NC. In 1997, Joel joined the Kensmen Quartet (currently The Heritage Quartet). Joel looks forward to seeing what God has in store with Molded clay and this ministry. 

 Joel is blessed to be married 24 years to his beautiful wife,  Jackie Roberts. They have 3 wonderful daughters; Beth, Lindsay, and Savannah and 3 grandchildren; Devin, Noah, and Mason. Joel owns and operates a full service insurance agency in Gastonia, NC. and he is a member of Hope Community Church of the Metrolina in Charlotte, NC. 

Molded Clay is blessed to have Joel singing lead and we're praying for many years together!!!


Merlin Powell

Merlin was born in Loris, S.C. and was saved at the age of 27 , when he felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, on a swing in his front yard. He loved Southern Gospel music at a very young age. His love for gospel music came from his role model....his father. At the age of 8 years old, he began singing  with the Powell Family Quartet, which included him, his father and his sisters until he was 24. Merlin has sang with a few groups such as, The Carolinians Quartet, The Gateway Singers and The Melody Singers Quartet.

Merlin has also held worship leader positions at several area churches such as Beulah Baptist Church in Greenwood,S.C. (1972-1978) , Oakdale Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C. (1979-1999) , Inspiration Baptist Church in Rock Hill,S.C. (2000-2004) and he's currently at Westerly Hills Baptist Church in Ft Mill, S.C. where he's been since 2019. 

 Merlin has been married to his lovely wife Janet for 50 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters ( Lori & Susan) and 4 grandchildren !! Molded Clay is blessed to have Merlin singing baritone and we pray for many years together!!  

  July 2021  
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