Roderick Belin

pastorbelinAn anointed preacher and teacher with a prophetic voice and a global mission to empower God’s people to reach their full potential and fulfill their divine purposes. His ministry is characterized by love, mutuality, and respect for all people, and advocacy for justice and liberation by “restoring the poor, reclaiming the lost, realizing the vision, releasing the captive and revealing God’s favor”.

Rev. Belin has changed many lives by igniting these five “flames of renewal” through his innovative teaching, vibrant preaching, and outreach efforts. In over 30 years of Christian ministry, Rev. Belin has traveled across the United States, and to Jamaica, West Indies, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bermuda, Israel, England, Nigeria, Turkey, and several countries in the Republic of South Africa where he preached, counseled, facilitated workshops, and ministered in song. He is highly respected within national and international circles, leading people of different faiths into needful dialogue and healing.

A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. Belin 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 as a “Union Scholar.” In 2014, Rev. Belin was one of the inductees into the highly revered Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.

A third generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Rev. Belin has served as Executive Minister/ Assistant Pastor of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral, Jamaica, NY under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake. He served as the pastor of Williams Chapel AME Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina before returning to his native Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 to plant Kairos Community AME Church. Rev. Belin served as Presiding Elder of the South Nashville District before being appointed as Pastor of historic Lee Chapel AME Church in North Nashville. Within two years of this appointment, he led the planning and construction of a 15,550 square foot building with sanctuary seating for 500-plus persons. This new building was dedicated in August 2015.

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.  He has deep love and compassion for people and an important component of his ministry is his interest in the social and academic lives of youth, and the support of persons struggling with mental health and other stigmatized issues. Rev. Belin is particularly drawn to presenting long-term remedial means to those who are underserved and marginalized. His Christian faith and ministry are governed by humility, discipline, and a fervent prayer life.

A gourmand, Rev. Belin is passionate about the imperative of true Christian hospitality and acts upon this through gatherings at his table for good food and transformative conversation.  He encourages his guests to open their hearts to the other. Rev. Belin continues to bring new ideas and approaches to make positive differences in the lives of others.  He is a noted techie who is committed to using technology and social media to spread the Gospel and share information through this expanded means of interaction. Rev. Belin believes, “telling the story gives faith a way to travel from one heart to another.”

He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and is a part of a family of Christian ministers.  He is the son of Bishop Henry A. Belin, Jr. and Mrs. Lucinda Crawford Belin, and brother of the Reverend Henry Allen Belin, III and the Reverend Toni Belin Ingram.   On July 11, 2016, Rev. Belin was elected as President/Publisher of the AME Church Sunday School Union, an office his father held from 1976-1984.