Here is a video of The Rev. Honorable Clementa Pinckney that shares some history of the congregations. 

The Rev. Honorable Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. in Charleston (the oldest A.M.E. church in the South, was a 2008 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. As you can imagine the seminary community is reeling with grief along with the congregation and families. The video below will give you a sense of this articulate pastor and Senator who lost his life last night.