Rev. Alfonso Porter is a native of South Carolina, the first son of ten children born to the late Albert and Vera Brown Porter. He received his primary and secondary education from New Jersey Public School System, and his Associates Degree in Electronics from RETS Electronic Institution, Nutley, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC; has completed the United Methodist Candidacy Studies for Ordained Ministry from Chandler Theological Seminary, at Emory University, and his Masters of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC. He is a member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society; is a Collegiate Minority Leadership Award winner, and has served in the United States Army and the New Jersey National Guard. In January 2011, Rev. Porter started his Doctoral Degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1984, Rev. Porter received his calling into ministry. His first pastoral appointment was at Shiloh Baptist Church, Newark New Jersey, where he served from 1986-1991. During his tenure at Shiloh, he served as President of the Primitive Baptist Union Meeting Association of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, Inc.
In 1992, he joined the South Carolina United Methodist Conference, and was a Probationary Elder in the United Methodist Church. He served as pastor of Salem and Wesley United Methodist Churches on the Florence East Charge, and served seven years as pastor of The Summerville Parish which consists of Campbell Hill, Murrary and Wesley United Methodist Churches on the Charleston District. He presently serves as pastor of Majority Baptist Church, Florence, South Carolina.
Since receiving his call into the ministry, Rev. Porter strives to live and study to show himself approved of God, as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ through teaching, and building new and relevant ministries by "Meeting people at their point of growth." The heart of his ministry is trusting in Jesus Christ and the Love of God for all humanity according to John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." Through all of these efforts, Rev. Porter has worked faithfully to ensure that his congregants receive effective, comprehensive, inclusive ministry to fulfill the vision and mission of the church.
Some of Rev. Porter's church and community affiliations include: NAACP Member; Honorary Member of the South Carolina Sheriff's Association Chaplaincy Program, Florence, South Carolina; The Summerville Ministerial Association; Hospital Chaplain at Roper-St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina; Director of Murray and Wesley United Methodist Churches Food Bank in association with Lowcountry Food Bank, and has served as a Minority Advisory Committee Member of the Second Congressional District (108th Congress under the Leadership of Congressman Joe Wilson) of South Carolina.
Rev. Porter is married to the lovely Lois D. Dixon Porter, his best friend and most influential person in his life for 37 years. They are blessed with five children: Tyrra, Kerry, Maurice, Latoya, and Stephanie, and are proud grandparents.