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St. John

Reverend Charlrean B. Mapson


Reverend Charlrean Batten Mapson is the daughter of Anna Rean Batten

and the late Charlie Batten, Jr.


She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the Atlanta Public Schools. Her high school matriculation took p lace at Benjamin E. Mays Academy of Science and Mathematics. Upon high school graduation, s he at tended Clark Atlanta University (CAU) where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Engineering. While at CAU, she served as president of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and a national officer of NSBE as National Pre - College Initiative Chairperson. In 1991, the AUC chapter of NSBE honored her with the creation of an annual award and scholarship bearing her name, “The Charlrean Batten Leadership Award.” Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she moved to Wilmington in 1991 and began employment with Hoechst Celanese as a Laboratory Supervisor. She was later promoted to Chemical Sales Representative.


After six years of service at Hoechst Celanese, she entered the real estate business , then later opened her own firm in 2009. In 2003, she was named Realtor of the Year for the Wilmington Regional Association o f Realtors, which had approximately 2,000 members at that time. Her service to the real estate community includes Board of Directors member of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, Board of Directors member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors. She is an instructor of real estate continuing education courses for the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.


She has been active in the Wilmington community for many years with service in various capacities. In previous years she has served on the Boards of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Friends of New Hanover County Library, member of the Wilmington Planning Commission, and the 1898 Racial Reconciliation Committee.


She joined the St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church under Dr. Dennis V. Procto r, now Presiding Bishop in the A.M.E. Zion Church . She is the former General Youth Secretary of the Women’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church , serving 2003 - 2011 .


In May of 2016, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hood Theological Seminary as a Masters of Divinity degree recipient and recipient of the Student Recognition Faculty Award .


She began her pastoral ministry at the Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Leland, North Carolina. During the two and one - half years of service at this charge she added twenty - three members to the congregation. She implemented several youth ministries including a step team ( in partnership with the graduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ); she implemented youth and children’s Bible study and Sunday School classes; and implemented a summer day camp for youth and children.


She served successfully for seven years as pastor of the historic Saint Mark A.M.E. Zion Church in Whiteville, North Carolina. While serving at the St. Mark Church, she initiated monthly community discussions on the topic of racial reconciliation; partnered with the Presbyterian Church to implement the Circles of Hope program for single parents living in poverty; organized and maintained the Whiteville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; and implemented several feeding programs for area families in need , most recently partnering with another church of the denomination and a local Food Lion store. Additionally, she initiated a support group for parents of children with special needs

and recently participated in the Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC) held at Duke Divinity School. RHC is a program which seeks to bridge the gap between the church and those suffering with mental health issues.


She has recently been appointed as pastor to the historic St. John A.M.E. Zion Church in Wilson , North Carolina. She brings to the Wilson community the same energy, determination and zeal that has afforded her tremendous successes over the years.


She and Rev. Donald R. Mapson were married in 1996 and are the proud parents of one son Jadon Hassani Mapson ; born January 31, 2005.      

Vision Statement: 

To Invite and Encourage people to come into the presence of God and Education them though Commitment, Stewardship, and a Demonstrated Sincere Desire for Spiritual Maturity

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