Reverend Eric S.C. Manning is the husband of Andretta M. Manning and is the proud father of Ashley and Eric II. His home church is Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Norristown, PA, First Episcopal District where he was born and raised. He is the son of Louis Manning Jr. and Queen E. Manning Gordon.
Rev. Manning has a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Excelsior College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, and is currently researching a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration from University of Phoenix. He has also served in the US Army, Military Intelligence, and was honorably discharged in August 1994.
Rev. Manning was called to preach in the summer of 1996 while a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Lamar SC. His initial sermon was entitled “Walking in the Spirit, not the Flesh”, for he realized we must bear fruits of the Spirit if we are going to please the Lord. He was ordained in the Gospel Ministry in February 1999, re-obligated as an Itinerate Deacon in the Second Episcopal District (Washington Annual Conference) in August 2001.
In 2004 the Lord elevated Rev. Manning to the ofﬁce of Pastor, and was appointed to Welch Chapel A.M.E. Church in Timmonsville, SC.
In August 2007 Rev. Manning was reassigned to Trinity A.M.E. Church in Pamlico SC.
In September of 2011 Rev. Manning was reassigned to Greater St. Paul (Clausen) A.M.E. Church in Efﬁngham SC.
In November of 2014, Rev. Manning was reassigned to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Georgetown SC where he served as their Pastor. He also served the community in many additional capacities as Chaplain for the Georgetown Police Department, board member for AMI kids, Family Justice Center, Georgetown County Community Relations Council, and a mentor in the Georgetown School district.
In November of 2015, Rev. Manning became the Dean of Dickerson Seminary, and was excited to have such a wonderful opportunity to serve the church, and future seminary students in this capacity.
In June of 2016, Rev. Manning was reassigned and became the pastor of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. He is humbled to serve a church with such a rich history and culture.
Rev. Manning’s desire is to stay humble and please the Lord in everything that he does, for it is not his ministry, but it is the Lord’s ministry; it is not his life, it is the Lord’s life. His mission statement can be found in Colossians 1:25-29, and knows that the “steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.”