Reverend Kimberly L. Detherage, Esq. was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Katherine and James M. Detherage. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky with her two brothers, James M. Detherage, Jr., and Kevin J. Detherage. Rev. Kim grew up in a close knit and extended family where she was affirmed and taught that she could be whatever she wanted to be. At a young age after witnessing injustices Rev. Kim decided that her life would be devoted to law and helping people.—changing the world.... At the age of 10, Rev. Kim accepted Jesus Christ into her life.
Rev. Kim answered her call to ministry at Bridge Street A.W.M.E. Church, Brooklyn, New York. While at Bridge Street AWME Church, Rev. Kim served as Minister to Young Adults from 1991 to 1994 under the direction of Rev. Fred A. Lucas, and Minister to Youth from 1997 until her appointment as Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Arverne, NY in 2004. She was a member of the Board of Trustees for Bridge Street Preparatory School, Co-Founder and Mentor of the Female Rites of Passage, Facilitator for the Richard Allen Youth Council, Member of the Bridge Street Legal Society and Women in Ministry, Brooklyn-Westchester District.
In May 1991, Rev. Kim under the direction of Bishop John Bryant served as a missionary in West Africa and with two other women implemented a women’s literacy program. In 1991, Rev. Kim was called into the ministry. In 1995, she was ordained an Itinerant Deacon and in 1996 she was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
On June 24, 2010, Rev. Kim was appointed the Pastor of St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Jackson Heights, New York. She is the first female pastor of the historic Congregation which celebrated its 185 years of existence and 107 years in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in March 2014. In April 2009, she was appointed to serve as Pastor of Bright Temple A.M.E. Church, Bronx, New York where worked with the congregation to pay off all of its debt. Prior to her appointment at Bright Temple she served as Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Arverne, New York where Rev. Kim led them through a renovation of the church. During her tenure at all of her charges, the churches grew both physically and spiritually.
At the 2008 General Conference, Rev. Kim was elected President of the Connectional AME/Women in Ministry serving over two thousand women in ministry across the U.S. and the world. In 2012, she was honored to be elected the President for a second term. From 2000-2008 she served as Second Vice President of Women in Ministry.
In April 2013, Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram appointed Rev. Kim the Dean of the Ministerial Institute of the New York Annual Conference, She serves on the Board of Examiners, the New York Conference Board of Trustees and First District Self Help Board, Inc. She is also a member of the New York Ministerial Alliance, the Corona East Elmhurst Clergy Association and the Corona East Elmhurst NAACP. In June 2013, the NAACP presented, Rev. Kim with the Outstanding Clergy Leadership Award.
Rev. Kim has engaged in the practice of law for over twenty-five years. In 1985, Rev. Kim joined the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division and in 1989 became the first black female Supervisor in the Brooklyn Office. While at the Legal Aid Society, she implemented a program for tracking police brutality cases and served as a Union representative. In 1991,Rev. Kim left the Legal Aid Society and went in to the general practice of law. For many years, Rev. Kim engaged in the general practice of law serving the Brooklyn and greater New York community. She has worked as Hearing Officer with the New York City Transit Authority Adjudication Bureau and has also taught as Adjunct Faculty at the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources. For several years, Rev. Kim was employed in the New York State Unified Court System as a Law Clerk to a Supreme Court Justice in Kings County. Currently, while pastoring St. Mark, Rev. Kim works as a consultant on a wide variety of legal and
Rev. Kim received her BA in Speech Communications and her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College in 1982 and 1985 respectively. In 1996, she received her Master of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with certificates in Black Church Studies and Women’s Studies. In 1997, she completed a program of studies in Clinical Pastoral Education with Emory University Health Systems. Rev. Kim is a member of the New York State Bar Association and previously volunteered as an arbitrator in Small Claims Court. Rev. Kim has conducted a wide variety of workshops in New York and throughout the United States on issues concerning youth and women. She has conducted workshops at conferences on “Sexual Misconduct and the Clergy,” and co-authored the revision of the policy on Sexual Misconduct for the African Methodist Episcopal Church for the 2000, 2004 & 2008 Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She has also provided training throughout the First Episcopal District on Lay and Clergy Sexual Misconduct. She believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ and believes that the world can and will change one person at a time by spreading and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ. That God’s kingdom can be realized here on earth and God can heal every alienation , every brokenness in every dimension of our lives—spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological, racial, social and economic.... Jesus came to break the strongholds in our lives and in the world. Her motto is “With God, All Things Are Possible.”
The Reverend Kimberly L. Detherage, Esq.
St Mark AME Church @ 2014
9518 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, NY, United States