Reverend Eric S.C. Manning is the devoted husband of Andretta M. Manning and is the proud father of Ashley and Eric II.  He is the son of Louis Manning Jr. and Queen E. Manning Gordon.

Born and raised in Norristown, PA, Rev. Manning has a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Excelsior College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, and pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary.  He has also served in the United States Army, in 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 Elected and Ordained Itinerate Deacon of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Second Episcopal District (Washington Annual Conference) in August 2001.

In 2004, Rev. Manning received his first Pastoral Charge and was appointed to Welch Chapel AME Church in Timmonsville, SC.

In August 2007 Rev. Manning was assigned to Trinity AME Church in Pamlico, SC.

In September of 2011 Reverend Manning was Elected and Ordained an Itinerate Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church under leadership of The Right Reverend Preston W. Williams, II in the Northeast Annual Conference located at Mt. Pisgah AME Church of Sumter, SC. At this same conference, Rev. Manning was assigned to Greater St. Paul (Clausen) AME Church in Effingham, SC.

In November of 2014, Rev. Manning was assigned to Historic Bethel AME Church in Georgetown, SC.

In June of 2016, Rev. Manning was assigned to “Mother” Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC as the Senior Pastor where 9 persons were shot to death on June 17, 2015. In his capacity, Rev. Manning was responsible for leading the congregation on a journey of healing and recovery. He has worked with the National Crime Victim Research & Treatment Center of MUSC to ensure that comprehensive services were available to the survivors, families, and the community at-large. This includes the establishment of the Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center (MEEC) which focuses on developing resilience and becoming stronger through the integration of faith, hope, healing and health with the provision of spiritual and therapeutic services to the impacted communities.

He is excited to be able to serve such a great church with a rich history, outstanding display of grace, mercy, and love. As a result of being appointed to Mother Emanuel, He and his wife have made Charleston, SC their home.

Rev. Manning has chaired and served on several boards, committees, civic, community and religious organizations, most recently among them is Chaplin for the Georgetown Police Department, AMI Kids Board Member, Family Justice Center Board Member, Georgetown County Community Relations Council, The Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. Board Member, Mentor of Georgetown School District, EME (Emanuel-Morris Brown-Ebenezer) Board Member, and the City of Charleston, SC Advisory Board, National Mass Violence Resource Center, American Heart Association Board, and Community Advisory Board.

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.”