REV. TANYA MASON
Rev. Mason is the daughter of the late William and Regina Mason of Nashville, Tennessee. As a native of Nashville, she was educated in the Davidson County Public Schools. Having the desire to serve her country, she served in the United States Army as a nurse and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Immunization Clinic at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital.
Rev. Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies acquired at American Baptist College (Nashville, TN) and a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary (Wilberforce, OH).
In 2019, Rev. Mason was ordained an Itinerant Deacon by Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath. In 2020, she was appointed pastor of Canaan AME Church (Columbia, TN) where she loved the members, preached the word of God, and faithfully provided for the spiritual care of the congregation. In 2021, she was ordained an Itinerant Elder by Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, Presiding Prelate, Thirteenth Episcopal District. Rev. Mason currently serves as pastor of Bethel Chapel AME Church (Columbia, TN), where she is the first woman appointed to lead the congregation.
Cognizant of the importance of women having opportunities and support in ministry, Rev. Mason has served as Secretary of the Tennessee Annual Conference Women In Ministry (WIM). Additionally, because of her compassion and concern for others, and a model for ministry that leads beyond the four walls of the church, she currently serves on the MyRide Maury Steering Committee, which provides assisted door-through-door transportation services to seniors to help gain additional independence and improved quality of life.
Rev. Mason enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite scripture is John 8:36 - “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Her proclamation is emphatically freedom is found in Jesus Christ. She is the proud mother of a son, Denzel.