Bishop Gregory V. Palmer is appointing the Rev. Calvin Alston Jr. to serve as the Shawnee Valley District superintendent. This appointment is effective July 1, 2019.
“Rev. Alston brings to this ministry a tremendous depth of faith in Jesus Christ and the church,” Palmer said. “His life is bathed in prayer. He has an extraordinary ministry tool box born of serving churches of varying sizes, urban and rural and culturally diverse. He has never had a flock he didn’t love with all his heart.”
Alston has served the last seven years as pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, a multicultural and multiracial congregation on the East Side of Columbus. For nine years, he was senior pastor of New Vision Church in Cincinnati. Ordained in the South Carolina Annual Conference, Alston served the North Orangeburg Church and a four-point charge in Ehrhardt, South Carolina.
“The invitation from Bishop Palmer to serve in this capacity is a humbling experience for such a time in my life and ministry,” Alston said. “I am aware that to whom much is given much more is required. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity to serve in this capacity and will rely on the leading Holy Spirit and mentors to direct my path.”
Alston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science with a minor in political science from Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina; a Master of Divinity in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta; and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian education from Spirit of Truth Institute, Richmond, Virginia.
A United States Navy veteran, he has served The United Methodist Church on the local, district, annual, jurisdictional and general church levels. In the South Carolina Conference, he chaired the Board of Congregational Development, served as vice chairman of the conference credit union and was treasurer of Black Methodists for Church Renewal. In the West Ohio Conference, he was BMCR vice chairman.
Alston is a recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award from the South Carolina Conference. He was a twice-elected General Conference delegate, in 2000 from South Carolina and in 2012 from West Ohio. He served as a cluster leader in the Ohio River Valley District, co-cluster leader in the Capitol Area South District and served on the Episcopacy Committee. He is a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Capital Area South District, the West Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and serves on the Conference Relations Team.
Born in St. Stephen, South Carolina, Alston was the youngest of eight children born to Calvin Alston Sr. and Rosa Lee Alston. His parents are now deceased. He is married to Sandra Henegan, a clinical audiologist at Columbus Nationwide Children Hospital. They have five children and five grandchildren.