"He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up as wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
Pastor Carlton Leon Aiken Sr. was born November 8, 1971 and is the youngest son of the late Bishop Joseph C. Aiken, Sr. and Jayne E. Aiken. He is married to the lovely Mrs. Brandee Elizabeth Aiken and they are the proud Parents and Custodial Parents of nine children: Carlton Leon Jr., Christian Lee, Kennedee Elizabeth, Chase Liam Aiken and Adrienne, Donna, Catrina, Calvin and Shekira Dunbar. Pastor Aiken is a devoted husband and father and enjoys spend-ing time with his family. Coming from a large family himself, growing up with seven siblings, Pastor Aiken has a great understanding for the power of family together in ministry and the importance of how ministry has groomed, nurtured and developed his families lives as well the lives of others.
Under the leadership of his Father, the late Bishop Joseph C. Aiken Sr., organizer and founder of the Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church, Carlton's tutelage and his service for the Lord began. Where he has served on nearly every ministry of the church since the time he could walk. He has developed a strong understanding and passion to Love and Serve God’s people. Pastor Aiken was blessed to be a part of the Philadelphia Youth Mass Choir, Assisted Pastor Chandra Williams in Directing the National Baptist Convention Youth Choir hosted in Philadelphia during the 2006 Convention, participant for several years as a part of the Philadelphia City Wide Revival Choir, Philadelphia City Wide Revival Praise and Worship leader, and many guest soloist appearances at hundreds of churches across the tri state area.
Pastor Carlton is a gifted and anointed Preacher, Teacher, Singer, and Songwriter and has been singing since the age of four. Many have come to know Christ as Savior through his Ministry of Song. He has traveled the world singing and has met several people who have been instrumental in developing his musical talents. Through all of his travels and experiences gained in the music industry, a crowning achievement for their work was accomplished when he along with his singing group, "Total Commitment" signed a major recording and publishing contract under Sony Music Entertainment. He came to the realization that his destiny was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to give back to those in need by sharing what God has given to him.“To God Be the Glory!”
Pastor Carlton is a graduate of Northeastern University where he earned a full athletic scholarship to play football. Pastor Carlton majored in Sociology and Elementary Education, he was also voted as captain of his football team as a senior. Not limited to being a student athlete and because of his passion for music and teaching, Pastor Carlton became the Director of the Northeastern University Gospel Choir where he taught and directed the choir as they performed for University programs and local churches in the Boston area. Pastor Aiken also became an ambassador for the University as he was afforded the opportunity as a student athlete to begin a mentoring program which helped inner city students to understand the importance of education over athletics and how young students are able to achieve suc-cess in both arenas through dedication and hard work.
As hobbies and extra-curricular activities, Pastor Carlton enjoys coaching Football, playing Basketball, work-ing out, playing X-box 360 with whomever is brave enough to challenge him, shooting a game of pool, swimming (former Lifeguard), and simply spending time with family.
Baptized Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - 1977
Ordained Deacon Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - 2004
Licensed to Preach Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church – 2007
Associate Minister Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - 2007 - 2008
Ordained Minister Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - November 2008
Interim Pastor Taylor Memorial Baptist Church - September 2008 July 2009
Assistant Pastor Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - January 2010
Pastor-Elect Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - April – October 2011
Senior Pastor Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church - October 2011 – Present
Pastor Carlton became the Senior Pastor of the Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church on October 1st 2011 and has been on fire for the Lord ever since. We anticipate a powerful move of God to take place at the Upper Room as Pastor Aiken leads us into this new season. Since he has become Pastor, new growth has continued, new ministries have been formed, and nearly 70 souls have given their lives to Christ by the aide of the Holy Spirit through confirmation of faith, ordinance of baptism, or by way of Christian experience. As we approach our second year with Pastor Carlton and as he continues to share the vision God has given him as our leader, we are sure that existing ministries will flourish, member ship will grow, but most importantly that we will all walk worthy of our calling in accordance to the Holy Spirit, with one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism.
Committed to building the kingdom for the body of Christ!