Leadership

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THE PASTOR

REV. TANYA MASON

Tanya Mason is the daughter of the late William and Regina Mason of Nashville, Tennessee. As a native of Nashville, Tanya was educated in the Davidson County Public Schools. Having a 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. Her advanced education was acquired at the American Baptist College (ABC), Nashville, TN., where she obtained the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Payne Theological Seminary. In 2019, she was ordained an Itinerant Deacon by Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath. In 2020, Tanya 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. Tanya currently serves as pastor of Bethel Chapel AME Church, Columbia, TN. Having a passion for women to have opportunities and support in ministry, she also serves as Secretary of the Tennessee Annual Conference Women In Ministry (WIM). She 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. Tanya is the proud mother of a son, Denzel.

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MINISTERIAL STAFF

REVEREND DANIEL MCCANDLESS SR


REVEREND TALVIN BARNER JR

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Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield & Supervisor Ainsley Byfield


Thirteenth Episcopal District (Tennessee & Kentucky)




Rev. Sidney F. Bryant, Presiding Elder

South District - Tennessee Annual Conference