Pastor Maressa Pendermon is an ordained reverend in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement (UFCM) currently serving as pastor of Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, Greater Atlanta, Inc. ( UFC, Greater Atlanta) She is also a trained spiritual care provider having earned 7.5 units of credit in clinical pastoral education (CPE) through the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Her spiritual care interests include providing care to individuals who have experienced trauma or violence, including spiritual violence; those who have a diagnosis of mental illness; seniors and other marginalized individuals. In addition, Reverend Pendermon is a social justice activist; organizational and community strategist, as well as a trained facilitator. She is passionate about social justice ministry and does her work in community with traditionally marginalized and low wealth individuals and communities from a human rights perspective; and through a womanist theological lens.
As pastor of UFC, Greater Atlanta, Reverend Pendermon sees her primary role as modeling the tenets of the UFCM and ensuring that everyone who encounters the church understands that they are included in the “Everyone” when the Movement declares that “God is Love and Love is for Everyone! A native of Boston, Massachusetts where she was raised in public housing, Reverend Pendermon has been involved in ministry, advocacy and coalition building since her teen years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Albany State University Albany, GA; a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, College of Law in Gainesville, FL; and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is also certified as a master trainer and facilitator by the Interaction Institute for Social Change, Cambridge, MA.