The body of the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the AME Zion Church, which was held in July 2012, elected David A. Aiken, Sr. to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of its Zion Benefits Services Department. The mandate for this office includes; a) risk management responsibilities over the Church’s property and casualty insurance program; b) administration and security of retirement and death benefits for pastors; c) administration and security of benevolent funds for pastors’ widows, and; d) development and management of other retirement and life insurance plans for all members of the clergy.
Mr. Aiken is a native of Hodges (Greenwood County), SC but currently has dual residency in Queens, NY and Charlotte, NC. Since 1969, he has been married to Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Aiken with whom he has four children (one son & three daughters) and seven grandchildren (four boys & three girls).
After graduating from Brewer High School (Greenwood), Mr. Aiken enlisted in the United States Air Force from which he was honorably discharged. He then enrolled in the New York City Community College and graduated “summa cum laude” with a degree in Marketing Management. Further specialized training in accounting, finance and management helped ensure him a successful career in the banking industry.
Over a span of 37 years Mr. Aiken was employed by two major New York City based banks with assignments ranging from foreign correspondent, branch manager, supervisor over a cluster of bank branches, and commercial lender, to vice president over operations of numerous Small Business Resource Centers located throughout NY, NJ, CT and TX. He retired from the banking industry in 2005.
Having been a life-long Methodist, Mr. Aiken is currently a member of Jackson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) in Hempstead, NY, serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees, chairman of the Finance Committee and associate leader of the Adult Sunday School class.
Beyond his local church, Mr. Aiken has served the AME Zion Church in many capacities on its District, Conference, Episcopal District and Connectional levels, i.e., Connectional, Conference and District Lay Council president; NY Conference vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and treasurer for the Board of Christian Education; treasurer for the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc.; and many years of service on the Connectional Budget Board.
Mr. Aiken renders ecumenical service to the Church Universal in his elected position as chairman of the Audit Committee for the World Methodist Council. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ecumenical Trust Fund, as well as member of the National Council of Churches’ Administration & Finance Committee.
Having been a member of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees since 2005, Mr. Aiken chairs the Committee on Investments.“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” St. Luke 12:48(b)