Our Pastor

The Reverend Brenda Iglehart is a third generation minister. A daughter of the Church of God in Christ, she was the youngest licensed evangelist in the Texas Southwest Jurisdiction at the age of 19. She retired as an Ordained Elder in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served a total of twenty three years under Episcopal appointment. Celebrating 44 years as a minister of the gospel, Rev. Iglehart continues to live out an evangelistic passion for soul winning, a missionary zeal for community outreach, and pastoral calling to make disciples for Jesus Christ. She has been honored to be called and elected to serve as the first female Pastor of the First African Baptist Church of Simons Island,Georgia.
 
A TRAILBLAZER AND ADMINISTRATOR
Her accomplishments include service on various boards and agencies of the United Methodist Church. She was the second African American female clergywoman to be ordained Elder in the South Georgia Conference. A courageous trailblazer, pastor Brenda became the first South Georgia Black Clergywoman to
· Chair a conference committee (6 yrs)
· Be an elected delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference,
· Serve on the national board of directors of the United Methodist Development Fund (8 yrs)
· Be appointed as Associate Director of the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries (5 yrs)
· Write Sunday School commentary as a columnist for the Wesleyan Christian Advocate of Georgia (7 yrs).
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For five years, she worked tirelessly as Associate Director/ Mission Secretary to the Office of Connectional Ministries. As a church program and ministry consultant, her portfolio included Mission Outreach and Evangelism Ministries, Liaison to the Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Advocacy and Justice Ministries, and the General Board of Global Ministries. In 2005 she became the 46th pastor and first female appointed to lead the historic Speedwell United Methodist Church of Savannah.
 
 
A MISSIONARY PASTOR
Her passion for community outreach has garnered several community awards for outstanding leadership. She is especially proud to have been selected for the former Georgia Environmental Organization's "Justice Award" in recognition of her leadership as an activist with the Citizens League Opposed to Unwanted Toxins, a grassroots environmental justice group in Tifton, Georgia.
 
While serving at Herring Memorial UMC, the pastor founded the Greenhouse Project, an on-going program committed to nurturing at-risk children and youth in the Tifton community. She represented that community on the Tifton Housing Authority Board, was elected to the Tift County Board of Commissioners, and served two terms under appointment by the Governors Zell Miller and Roy Barnes to the Board of Commissioners of the Georgia Equal Opportunity Commission.
 
At the St. Andrews UMC in Sylvania, she organized an exciting Pathfinders full summer program for at-risk community youth , chaired the community youth services organization, and partnered with the Probation Department to provide intervention counseling for troubled teens.
 
Reaching out to homeless women in Savannah, "Pastor Brenda" partnered with the Sojourners Shelter, providing weekly spiritual nurture, biblical instruction. and other much-needed resources.
 
A LIFE-LONG LEARNER
This charismatic religious leader, gifted teacher, and prophetic preacher earned her undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a graduate degree in mental health counseling from St. Mary's University, and a seminary degree (M.Div.) from Emory's Candler School of Theology. Rev. Iglehart is currently enrolled the Doctorate in Education program, at Argosy University.