About Our Pastor
Rev. Michael Malcom
Reverend Michael Malcom is an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church tradition. Reverend Malcom is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He comes from a long line of preachers within the Pentecostal Holiness church tradition. He accepted Christ at a young age and preached his first sermon at the age of eight.
Rev. Malcom is the former founding pastor of Fellowship Christian Ministry in Lithonia, Ga. He was a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves. He was ordained and licensed in the Pentecostal church tradition on March 6, 2009. He is now serving as Designated Term Pastor at Rush Memorial Congregational United Church of Christ and has received Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ.
Rev. Malcom’s uncle Bishop J.T. Stroud who was his childhood pastor was the first to acknowledge him as a minister of the Gospel. He served in his ministry (Disciples of Faith Holiness Church) until his death and then he went to be further trained as he operated in the capacity of an assistant pastor for his mentor Rev. Dr. Percy Johnson at God’s City of Refuge Disciples of Christ. He served as the Youth Minister in his grandfather’s Pentecostal Holiness Church (Central Holiness Church of Deliverance) prior to receiving the call to develop a new ministry, Fellowship Christian Ministry.
Reverend Malcom’s academic journey began at Beulah Heights University where he graduated May 2008 with an undergraduate in Biblical Education and Leadership. He was accepted to and began attending The Interdenominational Theological Center where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 2011. Due to his understanding of the role of a pastor also completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Atlanta VA Medical Center and AnMed Health Hospital in Anderson, SC. In May of 2016 he graduated from Terry School of Business MBA program at the University of Georgia.
Rev. Malcom’s understanding of the role of pastor is that of one who shepherds and cares for his/her community. In shepherding the community the shepherd must tend to, care for, and lead those that are his/her community. He uses the word community because it is more inclusive than a specific location as he identifies with the traditional role of a shepherd. Within a community a pastor functions as a preacher, pastor, advocate, counselor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, and leader. He believes a pastor does not stand in the role of door keeper for God. Therefore, it is not the job of the pastor to decipher who can be a part of the community and who cannot. The belief of inclusivity and social justice is paramount to his Christian Faith and the practice of this is used on a daily basis.