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 1995-1997, he pastored 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, the National Academy for Spiritual Formation Forum (Upper Room), 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).
Across the years Dr. Masters' has been recognized and honored for his leadership. These honors include, being chosen one of 65 Lilly Foundation Scholars, at Duke University (with portions of his research paper published in the 1996 Circuit Rider Magazine, a professional magazine for United Methodist clergy), participant in a symposium in conjunction with the opening of Africa University (Zimbabwe), South Central Jurisdiction Conference delegate and reserve delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1992-1996.
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. Already his leadership has been felt as Holman has received over 800 new members in his first three years as pastor. With a recent surge in ratings, Dr. Masters is now preaching to an audience of 30,000 on a live Broadcast on KJLH, 102.3 F.M., each week in Los Angeles. He is in frequent demand as speaker 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.
Dr. Masters is married to S. Dianna and they have three children; Henry Jr., a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta; Imani, a graduate of Spellman College and a Ph D. student at the University of Michigan; and Mia, a second year student at California State University, Sacramento.
Newly Appointed Senior Pastor, Dr. Masters and S. Dianna will Join St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church July 2012.
S. Dianna Masters
Married - Rev. Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr. (May, 1974- present)
3 adult children
Henry L. Masters, Jr. Graduate of Morehouse College,
Imani Masters-Goffney PhD University of Michigan - May, 2011
Married to Brian with two children - Bria and Naima
Education BS Degree Education, TCU- 1974 Masters’ Degree, Public School Administration, Texas A & M, 1994
M Div Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena, CA June 2007
Professional Teacher of mathematics at the elementary, middle school, high school,
and university levels, Taught mathematics at two universities in Dallas, Texas - SMU and Dallas Baptist University.
Director of Mathematics K-12 Los Angeles Unified School District
Program Director of the Af Am Church Studies Office, Fuller Seminary Church
Appointed Pastor - Wesley UMC of Los Angeles July 1, 2009
Conference Comm on Church Revitalization and New Church Starts July 2010-2011
Ordained Elder in Full Connection - June 2011
Commissioned as Provisional Elder - June, 2009
Conference Board of Discipleship - June, 2008
Coordinator of Disciples Bible Study Program at Holman & Wesley UMC
Disciples Bible Study Teacher
Leader/Facilitator- Los Angeles District UMC Leadership Development
Have been active in all levels of the United Methodist Church including
- Teacher in Conference Schools of Christian Mission 1985
- Elected Alternate delegate to General Conference 2000
- Elected as delegate - Jurisdictional Conference 2000
- Director of Women’s Division of UMC 1992 - 2000
- Director, GBGM - 1992 - 1996
Currently Senior Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, Los Angeles
Coordinator Disciples Bible Study- Holman and Wesley UMC
CEO and Founder - Hannah’s Descendents, Christian Women in Prayer, Inc.
Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Most Important - Know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior of her life!