DURHAM, N.C. — On July 24, Imani MCC voted unanimously to extend a call to Rev. Venson Phillip Mathews to take the position as its pastor. Formal installation will be later in the year.


Mathews has spent well over 10 years serving MCC congregations. He came to the Triangle from Washington, D.C.’s MCC-DC where he served as its associate pastor for 11 years.

In 2008, he was asked to assume the role of interim pastor of Imani when Rev. Wanda Y. Floyd resigned to focus on her studies at the Divinity School at Shaw University in Raleigh.

As a certified spiritual life coach, his ability to guide those on their spiritual journeys is one of his strong suits. He has headed up missions to the Dominican Republic, as well as leading the Infinity Diamond Club in Durham.

Currently, he teaches Imani’s Wednesday night Bible study, facilitates the Thursday night healing circle and leads Saturday morning prayer at the developing New Ministry Center, 3602 C-View St.

Mathews does not stop with spiritual service. He is a committed volunteer with an AIDS care team, contributes to CAARE, Inc., as well as been an AIDS Walk+Ride participant.

His talents also extend to the stage with parts in “Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1” and “Tool Box Monologues” at Manbites Dog Theatre in Durham.

For more information, visit imanimcc.org.


Lainey Millen

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