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      Reverend Robert L. China, Jr. is the son of the late Robert L. China, Sr., and Thelma Franklin China. Reverend China received his formal education in the public schools of Sumter County School District 17, South Carolina. He received an Associate’s Degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Sumter Technical College and an Associate’s Degree in Radio and TV Repair from Columbia Technical College.

      Reverend China preached his initial sermon Sunday, September 5, 1976 at St. James AME Church in Columbia. Also in 1976, he began matriculating at Morris College in Sumter in pursuit of a Bachelor of Theology Degree. In 1978, Reverend China received his first pastoral appointment to St. John AME Church in Winnsboro, SC where he remained for four years. In 1981, he graduated Cum Laude with the Bachelor’s degree.

      In 1982, Reverend China was assigned to Emmanuel AME Church in Columbia where he served faithfully for 12 years. He was then appointed to Spring Hill AME Church in Gilbert/Lexington, South Carolina in 1994 where he remained as pastor for 20 years. During this period, Reverend China completed coursework for the Institute of Church Administration


and Management that was offered at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and in 2001, he completed requirements for and became certified as a Pastoral Care Specialist.

      No matter where Reverend China’s pastoral appointment has taken him, he has remained active in the community. He served as the first African American President of the Chaplains Association at the Lexington Medical Center and he continues to serve on an as-needed basis. He organized the first Lexington County Ministerial Alliance and served as its first president for 12 years. He organized the Martin Luther King Weekend celebration in Lexington County. He also structured and piloted the Lexington/Gilbert HIV/AIDS Coalition. Additionally, he served as Second Vice President of the Lexington County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as chairperson of the Redress Committee. In 2007, the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council presented the Faith Leadership Award to him.

      On November 14, 2014, Reverend China was appointed as Pastor of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church. He believes that as a shepherd of God’s sheep, he should always be available to give service and counsel whenever and wherever it is needed. He believes that God called him to be a servant to the people, not as one to be served.

       Reverend China is married to the former Gail June and they have been blessed with four sons (Lamont, Reggie Clifton, and Quentin), five daughters (Paula, Yolanda, Shauntae, Tosha, and Kimberly), and nine grandchildren (Dymond, Reginald, Jr., Alexander, Knyla, Denee, Beyonca, Caylee, Adam, and Clifton, Jr.).

Reverend Robert L. China, Jr.  & First Lady Gail June China