About the Pastor


The Rev. Dr. Mary S. Minor is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the oldest African American Christian denomination in America. After entering ministry in 1989, she was ordained Deacon in 1992, Elder in 1994, and received her first pastoral appointment in 2000.

Presently, she serves as Pastor and Senior Minister at the historic Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church in Los Angeles, CA. Her past pastoral assignments include: Murph Chapel – Saint Paul AME Church in Valinda, CA, from 2006 to 2015; Bethel AME Church, Perris, CA, from 2003 to 2006; and St. Mark AME Church, Los Angeles, from 2000 to 2003.

For the past eleven years, she co-taught the Class on Admissions for the Southern California Conference (SCC) Board of Examiners, and served as the SCC Assistant Secretary.



Dr. Minor served under the tutelage of the Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Murray at First AME Church, Los Angeles (FAME) and its affiliate corporations for fourteen years. At FAME, she served in a variety of ministerial and corporate positions, including Minister of Youth, Planning & Development Officer, and Program Director.

Professionally, Dr. Minor works as a Senior Consultant for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Permanente. For the past sixteen years, she has held various leadership positions within the company. She believes in worshipping God, witnessing about Jesus Christ, and working to serve humanity through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Her education (professional and academic) includes:

  • Doctor of Ministry, United Theological Seminary, 2014, Thesis: “Equipping God’s People for Service at Murph Chapel-Saint Paul AME Church: A Gifts – Based Model”
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2002
  • Master of Arts, Religion, Claremont School of Theology, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, University of LaVerne, 1993

Dr. Minor produced and/or contributed to several publications:

  • "A Ration of Compassion: A Sermonic Interlude,” in Black Religion After the Million Man March, Garth Baker-Fletcher (Ed.), Orbis Books, 1998
  • Contributing Writer in Precepts for Living, the Urban Ministries Sunday School Commentary. Chicago: Urban Ministries, Inc., 1997-1999
  • “Contentment Not Resentment,” in The African American Devotional Bible, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997, 1284.

Several organizations recognized and honored Dr. Minor for her outstanding accomplishments and achievements:

  • Top Ladies of Distinction, Carson Chapter, ”Status of Women 2015 Honoree”
  • Covington Who’s Who, 2013
  • International Who’s Who of Professionals, 2012
  • AME Church Southern California Conference Lay Organization “2007 Pastor of the Year”
  • Top Ladies of Distinction, Ladera Heights Chapter, “Woman Minister of the Year 1997 and 2002”
  • Ebony Magazine, featured in the article, “Women Networking,“ 1996
  • Cable News Network (CNN) Headline News Profiles, 1992

Dr. Minor is the mother of two young adult children, one daughter-in-law, and the proud grandmother of one grandson and two granddaughters.


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The Rev. Dr. Mary S. Minor, Senior Pastor of Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church 


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Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church. 3719 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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Phone: (323) 296-5610 Fax: (323) 296-1472. E-mail: brookinsamech@aol.com

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