Pastor Middleton

Kylon Jerome Middleton is the son of Vertelle M. Middleton and the late James Middleton, II. He was born and reared in Charleston, South Carolina and was educated in the public school system in Charleston County. Pastor Middleton graduated from Burke High School at the age of 15 years old and matriculated to the College of Charleston, where he graduated at the age of 18 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications.

Education has always been a passion for Pastor Middleton, and, as a result, he has received the following graduate degrees: Master of Divinity degree, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary – Columbia,

South Carolina; Master of School Administration, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, Duke University – Durham, North Carolina.

Pastor Middleton has had an outstanding career in education in secondary and post secondary institutions in South and North Carolinas. He began his professional career as an Admissions Counselor at the College of Charleston, where he worked his way up the ranks to become the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He also served as the Director of the College of Charleston’s Upward Bound Program.

While serving in these positions, Pastor Middleton taught introductory level English courses as well as the College’s Freshman Seminar course. After leaving the College of Charleston, he taught high school English at his alma mater, Burke High School, where he served as department chair. In Columbia, South Carolina, Pastor Middleton was an adjunct instructor at Allen University, where he taught English, Communications, and Religious Studies courses. While in Durham, North Carolina, he taught in the Divinity School at Duke University as well as English courses to freshmen in the undergraduate degree program. Simultaneously, he taught English in the Durham Public Schools and later became an Assistant Principal and Principal in Durham Public Schools, Brunswick County Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and Harnett County Schools systems in North Carolina.  Pastor Middleton retired from the state of North Carolina in December 2014.

Pastor Middleton has enjoyed a successful pastoral career. He has served the following Churches: Saint Paul AME Church, North Charleston (Supply); Pine Grove AME Church, Columbia, SC (Associate); Lever Chapel AME Church, Prosperity, SC; Saint Joseph’s AME Church, Durham, NC (Associate); Singleton AME Church, Georgetown, SC; Hopewell AME Church, Hemingway, SC, where God blessed him and the congregation to construct a $3.5 million worship complex to His glory. Pastor Middleton and the congregation, at Hopewell, successfully hosted the 98th Session of the Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference. Pastor Middleton is now the proud Pastor of Historic Mount Zion AME Church on Glebe Street in Charleston, SC in the heart of the campus of his alma mater, the College of Charleston.  Pastor Middleton is extremely active in the work of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is the Christian Education Director for the Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference, serves on the Conference Board of Examiners, and serves as chairperson of multiple committees on the Charleston District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Pastor Middleton preached the Annual Sermon at the Opening Convocation of the 99th Session of the Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference, which is a distinct honor for a seasoned Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Pastor Middleton has one son, Kylon Joshua Middleton, a junior at East Carolina University, majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science, who is his pride and joy. With all of his many accomplishments, Pastor Middleton acknowledges that he could not do any of these things without God. The most important achievement in his life is that he is a child of God.


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Choir Master Brown

Alphonso Brown is presently the fifth organist/choirmaster of Mt. Zion. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in music, and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.  Professional memberships and affiliations includes: 

SC Band Directors Association, SC Music Educators Association, National Educators Association, former member and one of the choral director of The Choraliers Music Club Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., former violinist with The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The American Hymn Society, and the American Guild of Organist.  

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