On Friday, July 17th in Macon, Georgia during the Regional Annual Conference of the Central Georgia Region of the Sixth Episcopal District, Bishop Othal H. Lakey, presiding prelate appointed Rev. Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Sr. to pastor St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Thurmond, a native of Augusta Ga., is the third of four children born to Mrs. Maxine Thurmond and the late Earl H. Thurmond, Sr. He received his early education in the Richmond County, Georgia school system and is a 1986 graduate of Westside Comprehensive High School. He is a 1990 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. He is also a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of the Medical College of Georgia.
Reverend Thurmond has been employed as a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor and pharmaceutical sales specialist most recently with Genentech, Inc. as a Senior Clinical Oncology Specialist.
In spite of an exciting and rewarding career, he acknowledged a higher calling and purpose for his existence and began his journey as a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For four years Rev. Thurmond served under the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Jordan, pastor of Trinity C.M.E. Church in Augusta, Georgia. Rev. Thurmond was inspired, challenged and blessed by Dr. Jordan who continues to serve as his mentor. In 2005 he was appointed pastor of the Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and served as Chaplain of the Psi Omega Chapter.
Rev. Thurmond is married to Antoinette Johnson Thurmond. They are the proud parents of a son, D. Ramsey Jr. and a daughter, Barbara Maxine.