Our Pastor, Reverend Gene Aiken

The reading of the gospel (John 17:9) by Eugene Aaron Aiken, Full Elder Candidate. 

*Photo courtesy of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference.

Pastor Gene was chosen to do The Reading of the Gospel during The Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 5, 2017.

Pastor Gene Aiken’s Ordination

*Photo courtesy of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference.

On June 5, 2017, our pastor, Gene Aiken, was ordained by Bishop Jonathan Houston as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. 

Ann Michele, Katie, Gene, Lily

 

Pastor Gene and his wife Katie have two little girls. Ann Michele was born in 2010 and Lily in 2014. Both girls love anything “princess”, “pink”, “Disney”; and their dog Bowman. Ann Michele looks forward to Clemson football games, and any excuse she can find to wear her Clemson cheer-leading outfit!

Our Pastor Gene Aiken and Family


In June of 2016, Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, the resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference, assigned Reverend Gene Aiken as the pastor to Mount Zion United Methodist Church. 

Gene was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina, where he attended St. John’s United Methodist Church. He graduated in 2002 from Clemson University with a degree in Secondary Education and in 2015 from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Gene was commissioned at the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference in June of 2015. On June 5, 2017, Gene was ordained by Bishop Jonathan Houston as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. 

Gene had 15 years of ministerial experience when he was appointed to our charge. He served from 2010 to 2015 as a full-time local pastor in the Jackson Charge which consisted of Bethel UMC and Wesley Chapel UMC, Orangeburg District. Prior to his full time appointment in the Orangeburg District, he served for eight years as Youth Director at three churches: Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Advent UMC in Simpsonville, and St. John’s UMC in Aiken. While at St. John’s UMC, Gene was also in charge of the Missions Program.

Spending time with his family, playing golf, and watching sports are things that Gene enjoys. He enjoys being back “close” to Clemson, a place that he loves. He and his girls attend as many Clemson football games as possible!

 

Brothers – Will and Gene Aiken