About The Pastor
Biography of The Reverend Dr. Mary S. Minor
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.
Since October 2015, Dr. Minor serves as Pastor of the historic Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church, Los Angeles, where she successfully relocated the congregation to a new edifice in 2016.
In 2017, Dr. Minor was elected Vice – Chair, Pro Tem, of the Southern California Conference Board of Trustees under the chairmanship of The Right Reverend Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District.
She co-taught the Class on Admissions for the Southern California Conference (SCC) Board of Examiners for fourteen years, and currently serves in the position of Assistant Secretary for the Southern California Annual Conference since 2005.
Under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Murray, Dr. Minor served at First AME Church, Los Angeles and its affiliate corporations for fourteen years, where she held a variety of ministerial and corporate positions, including Minister of Youth and Planning & Development Officer.
She believes in worshipping God, witnessing about Jesus Christ, equipping the people of God for service through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit!
Professionally, Dr. Minor works as a Senior Consultant for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Permanente. For nearly twenty years, she has held various leadership positions within the company.
Her education (professional and academic) includes:
- Doctor of Ministry, United Theological Seminary, Thesis: “Equipping God’s People for Service at Murph Chapel-Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church: A Gifts – Based Model”
- Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
- Master of Arts, Religion, Claremont School of Theology
- Bachelor of Arts, Religion, University of LaVerne
Several organizations recognized and honored Dr. Minor for her outstanding accomplishments and achievements:
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Los Angeles Youth Council Meritorious Women Awards Honoree, March 2017
- 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 2002 and 1997”
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter, Los Angeles.
Dr. Minor has an adult daughter, an adult son, one daughter-in-love, and is the proud grandmother of two grandsons and two granddaughters-in-love.