Dr. L.K. Pendleton
Reverend Dr. L.K. Pendleton
St. Mary's Road United Methodist Church
Our Pastor Reverend Dr. L.K. Pendleton, affectionately referred to as Pastor K was ordained an elder in 2003, in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has been serving as an elder in the South Georgia Conference as the pastor of St. Mary’s Road UMC since 2013.
She has served both the church and the academy in several capacities. She served as associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. She is the founding pastor of the Redemption Community Church, a United Methodist Congregation located in East Point, Georgia. She served this congregation for ten years and is the first African American woman in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church with over 900 churches to charter a congregation.
She served as pastor of New Prospect United Methodist Church, in Buford, Georgia. She was appointed in 2013 to serve as the first female pastor of the St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church, Columbus, Georgia. She serves on the district and conference board of ordained ministry of the South Georgia Conference. She also serves on the conference Leadership Forum and conference board of Trustees. She was an instructor for the United Methodist Pastoral Ministry School in North Georgia. She was also an instructor at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, Georgia.
She coaches pastors on how to be effective in the local parish as called “voices” of God. She preaches for churches and civic organizations across the world. L.K. Pendleton served as a program assistant for ITC/Faithfactor, a Presidential Initiative for the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In this capacity, she planned faith-based conferences on Welfare Reform and Workforce Development and facilitated training and technical assistance to church leaders across the country.
She has served as an advisor to Black Women in Theological Leadership at The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) and for women in theological leadership at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia. She served on the executive board of the Wesley Foundation of Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She serves on the board of directors for an initiative sponsored by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, Atlanta, Georgia.
She has received several awards and honors from various institutions and organizations. Pastor K currently resides in Columbus, Georgia and has one adult daughter, Amber Cierra. She has written a book, “Say You Want To Be Married? No, You Don’t!” which is a contemplative look at marriage. It is her thought that if you desire to be married, you must do an introspective examination of yourself first to see if you are ready for marriage. Her project, A Manual for Preparing Congregations to Receive Pastoral Leadership in a Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Appointment in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, is being used to assist churches in preparing congregations to accept diverse pastoral leadership.
She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, GA, and The Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. She is affiliated with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. and is the President of the local branch of the NAACP, Columbus, Georgia. Her life’s inspirational quote is, “I am what time, circumstance, history, have made me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” –James Baldwin