Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church (USA)


Pastor's Life Work

Appalachian State University - Boone, NC
University North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Union Presbyterian Seminary - Richmond, VA
Columbia Theological Seminary - Decatur, GA

Community & Service
Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice - Board Chair
Queen City SIngers - Assistant Director
The Coalition of United Progressives CharMeck - Steering Committee
Clergy Women of Charlotte

NEXT Church - Strategy Team

General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Presbytery of Charlotte - Mission, Justice & Outreach 
Racism Task Force
NextChurch - Strategy Team

Montreat Conference Center - Board of Directors

Institute - New Clergy Program - 2011
E. T. George Award for Excellence in Homiletics and Preaching - 2011 Union Presbyterian Seminary
Charlotte Center City Partners Achievement Award - 2017

PMA-PCUSA Woman of Faith Recipient 2018

So, about our pastor..................

Rev. Amantha L Barbee is a strangely odd, funny, loving, honest and charismatic person. Her passion for those on the margins of life is obvious. Rev. Barbee practices what she preaches and will not ask you to do anything she is unwilling to do herself, like stocking the shelves in the food pantry. She cherishes the simple things in life like fishing and singing but she is a deep thinker, learner, teacher, and preacher. Rev. Barbee wants what is best for you and she will push for the top so everyone prospers. She is a big kid and shows up during the week from time to time in "Chuck Taylors" but she'll show up in the community wearing a gown and 4" heels at a benefit and rarely preaches without a collar. Rev. Barbee claims not to like school but is working on her doctorate at Columbia. When she isn't in class, she's studying. If you ask her why, she'll say, "God makes me do these things and I can't say no." 

Rev. Barbee is an activist and doesn't mind getting in the trenches with those with no voice. The poor, minorities, women, LGBTQ, the hungry, and the environmentally challenged all claim much of her attention. As the chairperson of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, she leads a group of committed clergy who vow to make a difference in the city of Charlotte. Though not a politician, you will find her at city hall fighting for the rights of others. 

Rev. Barbee is wildly creative and makes worship services come to life. She will visit you in the hospital, advocate for patient rights, sit on the front porch and rock with the elderly, and serve the members at fellowship meals. Call her, make an appointment. She's busy but she will make time for you, promise! Rev. Barbee doesn't work on Fridays, so she says. She is not an early bird but she'll stay late. Oh yes, we almost forgot. Her Great Dane, Winston, is ridiculously big and protective. At least she stopped bringing him to work when he hit 90 of his 145 lbs.