Pastor: Rev. Ama Zenya
Reverend Ama Zenya was ordained in 1998 after receiving her Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She did her Bachelor of Arts in religion and women’s studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She recieved trained in coaching and church revitalization from the Church Multiplication Training Center; in leadership development from the Gamaliel Foundation; and most recently in transitions in ministry through the Interim Ministry Network.
Pastor Ama grew up in Kenya, East Africa, the daughter of a British-Kenyan father and an Irish-American mother. Her background motivates her to nurture relationships of respect and love among people of all traditions and cultures, as well as with the earth itself. Pastor Ama has over a decade of experience working with churches to deepen their fellowship and grow their capacity to serve the wider community.
Pastor Ama joined us on Palm Sunday in March of 2015. On that day, she was called by the congregation to serve as Pastor during an interim period to help the congregation understand itself, clarify its direction, and prepare for a long-term ministry with a settled pastor.
Pastor Ama brings a contagious, creative exuberance to her leadership, working with others to create ministries in which all participate. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two elementary-school-age sons. Her life and leadership are rooted in the spirit and teaching of Jesus Christ, who in John’s gospel, says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly!”
To reach Pastor Ama, call (510) 757-7422 email email@example.com.