North Nashville District Presiding Elder
Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield
The North Nashville District sits among the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee and includes churches in the North Nashville area all the way to the Kentucky state line. To the northwest the district includes the cities of Dickson and Charlotte, Tennessee and to the north and east of Nashville the cities of Springfield, Gallatin, Lebanon, Hartsville and Carthege.
Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He received all of his primary and secondary scholastic training in the public schools of Metropolitan Nashville. After graduating from high school, Rev. Sinkfield continued his studies at the Tennessee Technological University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Business Marketing. He later earned the Masters of Divinity Degree from the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Rev. Sinkfield has continued his Doctoral studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY; and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. Rev. Sinkfield is currently a Beeson Pastor Scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Rev. Sinkfield has been blessed with many opportunities for service in his ministerial career. He has served on the ministerial staffs of Bethel AME Church in Hampton, VA and Payne Chapel AME Church in Nashville, TN. He has also served as the pastor of Mount Olive AME Church in Lebanon, TN, St. James AME Church in Dickson, TN, United AME Church in Xenia, OH, Bishops Memorial AME Church in Columbia, SC, and St. John AME Church of Nashville, TN.
Rev. Sinkfield has been further blessed by God to minister through preaching and teaching. He is sought for sermons, workshops and seminars on the Presiding Elders’ District, Annual Conference and Connectional Level. He has also had the opportunity to conduct scores of crusades and revivals in churches across the country and internationally. Rev. Sinkfield has travelled extensively, including to Seoul, South Korea, the Holy Land of Israel, Kenya, the Maasai Mara, and he conducted a national crusade in Zimbabwe where thousands were led to Christ. Rev. Sinkfield has also been sought as a lecturer and panel participant on many college campuses and community organizations to address the pertinent and imperative issues of our day. He also served as the Dean of Students for Allen University. Rev. Sinkfield has had articles and sermons published in the A.M.E. Review and The Secret Chamber of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In October 2012, Rev. Sinkfield was appointed the Presiding Elder of the North Nashville District by Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath.
Rev. Sinkfield is happily married to his lovely wife, Kristy; and they are the proud parents of Joshua (the Executive Director for Faith Based and Neighborhood Projects for the Obama White House), Anah (A stellar Singer/Dancer & Student-Athlete), and Antoni, Jr (an aspiring inventor and an articulate communicator) . Rev. Sinkfield’s stated primary goal in his ministry is to work diligently and faithfully to bring all of those whom he encounters to the fullness of the potential that God has given to them. He believes that all can come to the empowering knowledge that truly we “can do all things through Christ who is our strength.”
South Nashville District Presiding Elder
Rev. Roderick Belin
The South Nashville District is comprised of churches in the southern middle Tennessee region. It extends westward to Linden, eastward to Wartrace, and covers portions of North and East Nashville and southward down I-65 to Cornersville. The South Nashville District boasts twenty-seven churches and a membership of over 3,700 children of God.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, the Reverend Roderick Dwayne Belin is an anointed preacher with a global vision to ensure that more of God’s people reach their full potential and fulfill their divine purposes. His ministry has touched many lives through his innovative teaching, effective outreach efforts and empowering others where he has served.
In over 25 years of Christian ministry, Rev. Belin has traveled across the United States, to Jamaica, West Indies; Trinidad; the Dominican Republic; Haiti; Bermuda; London, England; Nigeria; Turkey; and the Republic of South Africa where he preached, counseled, facilitated workshops and ministered in song. He has led a “Holy Ghost Revival Tour” in Southern Africa: South Africa and Swaziland where he ministered in word and song in 12 gatherings in 3 weeks.
Rev. Belin graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and earned the Master of Divinity Degree with concentration in New Testament and Christian Origins from the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. An ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Rev. Belin has served as Assistant Pastor / Executive Minister of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral where Rev. Drs. Floyd and Elaine Flake serve as Co-Pastors. He served as pastor of Williams Chapel AME Church in Orangeburg, SC and chaired the Board of Examiners in the Central Annual Conference.
Rev. Belin founded the Kairos Community AME Church in Nashville, TN and, for 7 years, led the congregation in meeting the emergent needs of a diverse community through holistic ministry based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Under his leadership, Kairos Community has become a place where you will find love, mutuality, and respect for all people.
In October of 2012, Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath appointed Rev. Belin the Presiding Elder of the South Nashville District.
Rev. Belin’s commitment to sharing the love of Christ extends to his service in the community. He is very involved in a burgeoning interfaith organization in the Nashville community which promotes peace and cooperation among people of different faiths including those who lay claim to no faith.
A dedicated foodie, Rev. Belin is passionate about good food and good conversation with family and good friends. He enjoys hiking trails and spends an inadvisable amount of time in search of the ultimate caramel cake.
An uncompromising man of God, Rev. Belin has brought new ideas and approaches in pursuit of traditional ideals to make a difference in the lives of others. He is a noted blogger who is committed to using technology to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will find him faithfully sharing the Gospel on his website: www.iBelin.me; Twitter: www.twitter.com/iBelin; and Facebook: www.fb.me/iBelin as Rev. Belin believes, “telling the story gives faith a way to travel from one heart to another.”