Presiding Elder

Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Durant


   Alvin Tyrone Durant, a native of Richmond, Virginia, has always had the church as a foundation in his life.  His faith in God began early while growing up as a member of the Hood Temple A. M. E. Zion Church in Richmond, Virginia where he participated diligently in its ministries and activities.  His devotion to the church, coupled with the influence and guidance of his family and pastor, eventually led him into God’s service.

He attended the public schools of Richmond where he graduated from John Marshall High School.  In 1973, he entered Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Soon after, he received his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University.  Dr. Durant’s accomplishments did not end there.  He was among the first group of students to enter the


   Doctor of Ministry degree program at Howard Divinity School in Washington, DC, receiving his Doctorate in 1982.  

For thirty-five years Dr. Durant has been in the pastoral ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He has served at the Lee’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Chesterfield, Virginia, 1980-1981; David Temple’s A.M.E Zion Church, Courtland, Virginia, 1981-1983; St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, East Chicago, Indiana, 1983-1993 and Mother Zion A.M.E. Zion Church, New York, New York, 1993-2005.  His appointment as pastor of Mother Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the “Mother Church of Zion Methodism,” though filled with many new challenges and responsibilities, was a tremendous honor and privilege. In July 2005, Dr. Durant was appointed the pastor of Union Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church.


   Dr. Durant serves the A.M.E. Zion Church in several capacities. This includes being a member of the Connectional Budget Board, Board of Trustees of Dinwiddie Institute, Dean of District Conference Studies, and a member of the Finance Committee, Washington District. He is also a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Holy Orders committee, Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference, former Dean of the Leadership Training Institute, Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District (now Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District), and Chairman of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Conference Trustees. 


   Dr. Durant has an untiring commitment and dedication to community service. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, acclaimed as one of the Outstanding Men in America by the Atlanta Jaycees, and is a former professor at the Maple Spring Baptist Bible College and Seminary.  On February 9, 2012, Dr. Durant was inducted into the Livingstone College Leaders Hall of Fame.  This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals who have given tirelessly of themselves as they serve their communities and/or their profession and have demonstrated the qualities of a servant-leader. 

   In May 2019, Bishop W. Darin Moore appointed Dr. Durant to serve as Presiding Elder of the Washington District. There are fifteen churches on the Washington District. Dr. Durant is honored to begin his new journey as Presiding Elder.

 Pastor Durant, who has a strong belief in family, offers encouragement to families through counseling sessions. A definite priority in his life is his dedication to family.  Dr. Durant is married to the former Brenda A. Pace of Tuskegee, Alabama, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Nicole, one son Alvin Le’Mon, and daughter-in-law Shana. They are also the proud grandparents of one grandson, Ashton Josiah and one granddaughter, Dahlia Rose.




Washington District AME Zion Church 

P.O. Box 6245

Upper Marlboro, MD 20792-6245


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