WATCH: Emanuel AME’s New Pastor Aims to Keep the Members Focused on God

Rev. Eric Manning (Dave MacQueen / WCIV)
Rev. Eric Manning (Dave MacQueen / WCIV)

Emanuel AME Church leaders still won’t say what prompted the recent change in leadership, but the person replacing Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark says it’s an honor to begin serving a sacred church in the Holy City. 

“Pressure is pressure, but at the same time, I’m very humbled,” said Rev. Eric Manning.

While standing in the sanctuary of a history house of worship, Rev. Manning admits he’s a little nervous about his new role as pastor of Emanuel AME.

“The pressure is there, yes, the anxiety is there, yes. But the work is all divine,” he said. “We will do the very best we can to continue to serve Mother Emanuel and the community of Charleston.”

Rev. Manning says he was happy serving as pastor of Bethel AME Church in Georgetown when he received a call about a new assignment.

“I don’t usually ask questions. In fact, I very seldom do because I believe and I trust the judgement of our presiding prelates. So, if the bishop had asked me to serve, I go where they ask me to serve,” Rev. Manning said.

With his name already added to the sign in front of the high-profile church on Calhoun Street, the reverend is barely moved into the pastor’s study.

But he started Sunday’s sermon with a popular Bible verse.

“We began by saying the Lord is our shepherd. We shall not want. He leads us. We have to trust him and believe that he knows what’s best for us and that he will go before us,” Manning said.

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Source: ABC News 4