Rev. Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr.
Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California

Senior Pastor | Holman United Methodist Church

The Reverend Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr. is a native of Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of A.J. Moore High School (Waco), Paul Quinn College (then in Waco) from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1968; Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (Dallas) from which he received a Masters of Theology Degree in 1971, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree (D-Min.), with a project / dissertation in Spiritual Formation in 1990. A Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Degree from the Houston-Tillotson College (Austin) was conferred in 1990.

Dr. Masters, Sr. has had a distinguished ministerial career. Ordained as a United Methodist minister in 1972, Dr. Masters, Sr. has served in the Central and North Texas Conferences. In 1978, he was appointed as pastor of the Hamilton Park UMC (Dallas). Under his leadership the church grew from 300 –1400 members. In June 1990, he was appointed as the District Superintendent of the Dallas South District of the North Texas a Conference of the United Methodist Church. While in this position, he also organized and pastored the Jubilee UMC (Dallas) from 1994-1995. From 1995-2001, he pastured` the historic St. Paul UMC in downtown Dallas while still serving as a district superintendent. In June 1997, Dr. Masters, Sr. became fulltime pastor of St. Paul. Because of his experience and skill in urban church ministries, Dr. Masters, Sr. has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Perkins School of Theology as coordinator of Urban Ministry.

Urban Ministry and Spiritual Formation are significant passions for Dr. Masters, Sr. He has been a consultant with the Upper Room, does workshops on Spiritual Formation, and speaks on Urban Ministry topics throughout the United States. He also served on and provided leadership to many church, civic, and community boards and agencies. Current community service include: Chairman of the Board of The Holman Community Development Corporation, Planning Committee of SCUPE (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education) in Chicago, Board of Ministry in California Pacific Conference and The Development Board of Africa University (located in Zimbabwe, Africa), President, Ebony Prophets (African American clergy in California Pacific Conference – United Methodist Church).

Across the years Dr. Masters’ has been recognized and honored for his leadership: Lilly Foundation Scholar at Duke University, Black Community Developers, Dream Maker Award presented by Dallas Business and Professional Women, Texas Methodist Colleges Association, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, The Academy for Spiritual Formation, Houston-Tilletson College, Wiley College, Paul Quinn College, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and most recently an Ecumenical Award from the Los Angeles NAACP.

Dr. Masters, Sr. was appointed as the third pastor of the historic Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California, in April 2001. Holman is the largest United Methodist Church in Los Angeles with a membership in excess of 2,000. Dr. Masters is now preaching to an audience of 15,000 on a live Broadcast on KJLH, 102.3 F.M., each week in Los Angeles. He frequently speaks at conferences and revivals.

Publication: Dr. Masters is author of “Simon of Cyrene – The Crossbearer of Jesus, Who Was The Only African Eyewitness to the Crucifixion.” Published and released (December 2004) by Inkwater Press, Inc., a new publication by Abington Press Makin’ Room in the Inn – Christmas Hospitality Through An American Experience released in the summer of 2010.

Dr. Masters is married to S. Dianna (Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church) and they have three children; Henry Jr., a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta; Imani, a graduate of Spelman College and a Ph.D. University of Michigan (in 2010) and currently on the Faculty of the University of Houston and Mia, a college student in the California State University system.

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