One historical African Methodist Episcopal church continues to soar to new heights. On Sunday, October 15th, the Reverend Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton will lead Mount Zion AME Church to its 135th anniversary.
For the occasion, the invited speaker is the former Acting Chairwoman and current Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Mignon Clyburn. Previously described as the “conscience of the commission,” Clyburn is a longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest. She has dedicated her efforts to making enhanced communications accessibility, such as affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access. Commissioner Clyburn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics from the University of South Carolina.
In 1882, members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church began the daughter church of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal because of the overcrowding of about 5,000 members. The purchase of the church was the first brick church in Charleston owned by people of color. It was a dedicated congregation that worked to secure the funds to purchase the church.
Rev. Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton has been the senior pastor of the Church since November 2015. “The history of the Church coupled with its relevance as a prophetic voice in the City of Charleston during this time makes Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church an exciting, dynamic place to experience the reconciling power of God, as we become living ambassadors of unity, peace, and love in our community,” said Rev. Middleton.
Present day, Mount Zion AME continues to worship God and be of service to mankind in its members many initiatives to build bridges of understanding and connection in the community including the Illumination Project, Okra Soup, and Book Study Tuesday’s exploring issues of racial equity and social justice.
Commissioner Clyburn will share how her faith has worked in her life and directed the focus of her interests in service to God, fellow citizens of South Carolina and the United States.
The anniversary service on Sunday, October 15 will begin at 10 a.m. A celebration reception will immediately follow. Mt. Zion AME Church is located at 5 Glebe Street, and all are welcome to attend and participate.