Meet the Team

Pastor Manning
Pastor & First Lady Manning

Reverend eric s. c. manning


I am married to Andretta M. Manning and the proud father of Ashley and Eric II.

I am thankful for God giving me the opportunity to serve in His vineyard and the Mother Emanuel AMEC Community.  I serve God and His children with a grateful heart.  “Gratitude says to faith, ‘Keep trusting your Father for more grace; I know He will supply.’  Gratitude does help motivate the radical obedience of love, but it does so indirectly through the service of faith in future grace.” “A person of faith, grounded in a life of prayer and study is self-aware in seeing the larger picture, proclaiming hope, leading courageously, and setting healthy boundaries”. Love for humanity must be at the center of our relationships, there must be a period of listening to one another, and if the situation requires it, a season of repentance.  We also must be willing to meet one another on the basis of our collective humanity.  We must work on building relationships and understanding that there is more that unites us than divides us.  If we cannot learn to love each other now, I do not believe that we will inherit eternal life. We must continue to turn away from the darkness of sin and embrace the light and love of Christ.  

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes (1 John 2:7-11).
Sylvia C. Blake

Sylvia C. Blake

Executive Assistant to Reverend Eric S. C. Manning

Sylvia C. Blake is the Executive Assistant to Reverend Eric Manning. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and relocated to Pawleys Island, South Carolina where she is a member of St. Mary AME Church.

Sylvia’s administrative skills and managerial gifts extends itself through her service as the immediate past Executive Administrative Assistant of the Georgetown District AME Church and former Office Manager of The Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. a non-profit 501c3 organization whose purpose is to help address the needs of communities in and surrounding Georgetown County without regards to race, color, creed or national origin.

Sylvia is a graduate of Horry-Georgetown Technical College with an Associate of Business. She attended Charleston Southern University majoring in Business Management and Religion. She is currently attending Walden University in her final year as she obtains her B. S. in Business Communication.

Sylvia served eight years as the elected Connectional Member At-Large for the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In that capacity, she led Young Adult Members (YAMs) between 18 and 40 as one unified body across four continents in thirty-two countries. Under her leadership, the first Young Adult Member Summit was held on the Continent of Africa. This was the first Summit of its kind for the Connectional Women’s Missionary Society.

On September 1, 2018, during the 108th Session of the Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference Sylvia was approved by The Right Reverend Samuel L. Green, Sr., Presiding Bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District, South Carolina, to be issued a certificate of Licensed Missionary Worker of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Sylvia truly believes God has called her as a Missionary and she boldly walks in her calling. She lives daily by her favorite scripture: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 1 Timothy 2:15
Rosetta Singleton

Rosetta Singleton

Church Treasurer 

Rosetta Singleton is presently the Treasurer of Emanuel AME Church and has been since 2004.  She was born in Charleston, SC to Solomon and Rosalee Bailey Singleton on November 15, 1955.  She is the mother of Ronald Kevin and Brandi Michele, and grandmother of Shoundell, Justice, RaShaun, Shania, Khai, and Bailey.  

Rosetta serves as a Steward to Pastor Manning and on The Commission on Steward and Finance Board. Rosetta was educated locally in the Charleston area with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

Rosetta retired from the North Charleston Housing Authority in June 2011. Her position there was Senior Accountant. Total years of service was 33, which includes (5yrs -City Housing Authority and 28yrs North Charleston Housing Authority). She managed the Housing Authority and the church monies like I would mine.  Carefully, honestly, and Wisely.

“Any enterprise (including your finances) is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common Sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts”.  “A wise man is mightier than a strong Man.  Wisdom is mightier than strength”. Proverbs 24:3-5
Nancy Barron

Nancy Barron

Financial Secretary

Nancy Barron is the Financial Secretary for Mother Emanuel AME Church.

She was born in New York City and moved to Charleston, SC, with her mother at a very early age. Her grandfather Alexander Harrison was the Sexton at Mother Emanuel for many years.

As a long-time Mother Emanuel Church member, Nancy serves on the Senior Steward Board and Stewardess Board 3.

Nancy is the mother of one son Reginald and the grandmother of three, Reggie, Regine, and Zion.

After working at The Mills House Hotel for 43 years, she retired in July 2018. Now she is just enjoying her retirement life and taking guidance from Psalm 23.
Cliff Jones

Lee Bennett, Jr.

Sons of Allen President

Brother Lee Bennett, Jr. grew up a few blocks away from Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and is a long-time congregation member. A retired Army officer, Brother Bennett spent several years as Deputy Chief of Staff of the White House Drug Control Policy Office.
Dr. Wayne Singleton

dr. wayne singleton

Minister of Music

Dr. Wayne M. Singleton is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and is married to Dr. Myra Haney-Singleton of Summerville, South Carolina.  

In addition to serving as minister of music at Mother Emanuel AME Church, Dr. Singleton’s other obligations include serving as the treasurer for the International Music and Christian Arts Ministry of the AME church, Minister of Music for the Mt. Pleasant District of the AME Church, member of the Mt. Pleasant District Board of Christian Education.  He also is the organist for the East Cooper Interdenominational Mass Choir, and choir director for the Medical University of South Carolina Gospel Choir.  Dr. Singleton is an adjunct faculty of Liberty University School of Music.

Dr. Singleton has a passion for working with smaller congregations that need musical guidance and has presented music workshops throughout the tri-county area.
Dr. Singleton earned a Doctor of Worship Studies and Master of Arts degree in Music and Worship from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He also holds an MBA degree from Strayer University, a B.S. degree from Voorhees College, and an Associate Degree from Trident Technical College.

Dr. Singleton’s music ministry is based on Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Brothers willi glee, Emeritus and lee bennett

Office of Church Historian & Tours

Bro. Willi Glee, Emeritus
Bro. Lee Bennett
The Office of the Church Historian is responsible for archiving and maintaining the church’s documents, media, and artifacts. In 2003, the Reverend William Smith Jr. approved the use of the second floor of a church-owned building to catalog and preserve all of the historical information about the church that could be located. The History and Archives Committee consisting of Frances T. Mack, Marvin Stewart, Marlena Davis, Monique Washington, and Willi Glee sorted and cataloged the information. The committee, along with George Pettigrew, painted the space, and Reverend Stephen Singleton approved the cost to install the new carpeting. The committee purchased and installed picture rails to hang pictures. They also bought and hung new drapes to cover the windows to diffuse any possible damage to the collection that may be caused by direct sunlight.

Today the historians manage tourism at the church. The primary presenters are Lee Bennett Jr. and Willi Glee, Emeritus. They provide historical lectures to groups upon request.

If you desire more information about the history of the church or to schedule a tour, please contact us using the contact button below.