Our Senior Pastor

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Meet Our Senior Pastor

Rev. Amantha L Barbee is the senior pastor at multi-ethnic

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church (USA), Decatur, GA. She was previously the

pastor at Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte,

NC. She holds a BA from University of North Carolina-

Charlotte. She is currently a doctoral student at Columbia

Theological Seminary.

Being a musician and a theologian led

her to earning the E.T. George Award for excellence in

Homiletics and Worship. She has a Master of Divinity from

Union Presbyterian Seminary – Richmond, VA. She served as a

program director in a women’s homeless center prior to her

pastorate of SAPC. Barbee is the Chairperson of the General

Assembly Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious

Relations. She is the recipient of the 2018 PCUSA Woman of

Faith Award. She is on the Executive Board of Trustees for

Montreat Conference Center, President’s advisory board for

Union Presbyterian Seminary, and past co-chair for NEXTChurch.

Rev. Barbee is the past chairperson for the Charlotte Clergy

Coalition for Justice (CCCJ). Barbee has extensive training in

anti-racism and anti-bias models and LGBTQIA issues for people of faith and

corporate America. She is a justice educator for Johnson C. Smith Seminary.

She has led protests, both peaceful and

challenging and her work has been recognized nationally.

Rev. Barbee is a visionary and a creative force for multiple

streams of fighting for justice.

Rev. Barbee is known for her honest, practical, and pragmatic

approach to empowerment in the community, the states, and the


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