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D. Kimathi Nelson

D. Kimathi Nelson is the Presiding Bishop, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church, Inc. He holds the honorific title reserved for the presiding bishop, “Jaramogi”. The Detroit native received his BA in theology/philosophy from the University of St. Thomas. He matriculated to Yale Divinity School where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree while serving as the president of the Yale Black Seminarians and the pastor of the Black Church at Yale. However, he regards his most profound educational experiences to have come from the 30 years spent under the direct tutelage of his mentor and the Shrine’s founder, the renowned theologian and celebrated author, Bishop Albert B. Cleage, Jr.

Bishop Nelson has been pastor to churches in Detroit, Atlanta, Houston and New Haven. He is a widely sought-after preacher. As a respected leader in the national black community, he is regularly called upon to speak at colleges, universities, conferences and rallies. As the national director of the Black Slate, Inc. he has significant impact on the political life of the African-American community. He is also an authority on African and African American History. He has organized historical projects in conjunction with many colleges and universities through the Shrine Bookstores and Cultural Centers. He has received many awards and honors including the NAACP Unity Award. He has been a regular guest on radio and TV. He has been featured in three documentary films highlighting the work of the church.

Bishop Nelson’s bishopric consists of churches in Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Calhoun Falls, SC, Monrovia and Ganta City, Liberia along with many other institutions, organizations and programs associated with the work of the church, including the 4,000-acre Beulah Land Farm in South Carolina.

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