Welcome, Rev. Amantha Barbee 

January 12, 2021

This Sunday we welcome Rev. Amantha Barbee, Senior Pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian in Atlanta, GA, to our online service, 10:30 am Sunday, January 17.

Reverend Barbee holds a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, where she earned the E.T. George Award for Excellence in Homiletics and Worship. Rev. Barbee worked in corporate sales for over 10 years before heeding the call to ministry, then served as a program director in an area women’s homeless center.

In 2018, Rev. Barbee received the PCUSA Women of Faith Award, recognizing clergywomen who challenge systemic racism and oppression, work for transformative change, and seek to end racism and injustice. The award was given in part for her work the night Keith Scott was killed in Charlotte, when she stood between protestors and policemen with several other ecumenical colleagues. (Click here to learn more about her role in these events and about the Women of Faith Award.) She received the 2017 Charlotte City Center Partners Special Achievement Award for that work, which was made more difficult as she had to lead the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice after being named chairperson after only three weeks.

As moderator of Mission, Justice and Outreach for the Charlotte Presbytery, Rev. Barbee led a movement to make anti-bias training mandatory for all teaching elders, now represented as a “Racism Task Force” for the presbytery. She is also a supporter of the Women In Transition program at the YWCA and the NC School of the Arts in Charlotte.

Rev. Barbee is particularly gifted in worship arts. She was a Vocal Performance major at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her love of music led her to 20 years of service as a church musician. She loves the traditions of the church but has a passion for blended and multicultural worship. She views herself as a servant, and you will find her door open. You will also find her in the halls of hospitals, at community functions, making speeches for the rights of others and having conversations with the city’s poor. Rev. Barbee is an advocate for those with no or limited voice and does not shy away from living into discipleship.

Don’t miss the message from this inspiring and dynamic preacher this Sunday.

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