Pastor Nzinga Themba
African Redemption Church
Songhai City Cultural Center
3117-27 Master Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 18804, Philadelphia, PA 19119
African Redemption Church is a place where people of any faith, spirituality, or tradition, may experience a Non-Religious, Non-Denominational, Non-Institutional, Non-Patriarchal, Gender Friendly, Human Friendly, Safe Place to gather. We worship The All, The Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and drum, dance, discuss the events of the day, and plan action.
Biography of Pastor Nzinga
Nzinga is an ordained minister of the Freewill Baptist Church, and served as founding member and Associate Pastor of Christ Our Redeemer Freewill Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA. She was pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church for several years. Her vision is a mass movement of Christians working for the liberation of African and other oppressed and exploited people. Her philosophy promotes life, love, and liberation through education, resistance, activism, and revolution, and supports the imperative toward, and compatibility of, faith and revolution.
She advanced her philosophy as host of her WURD 900AM radio talk show Life Love and Liberation for several years, while exposing injustices and giving voice to people victimized by state and social structures, as well as giving those in the struggle for justice a platform to forward their work.
Nzinga received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Master of Divinity degree from the Urban Theological Institute/Lutheran Seminary. She continues to study and write about spirituality and revolution.
Nzinga is a community activist, and has served as board member and president of East Mt. Airy Neighbors, secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, secretary of Mt. Airy Leadership Council, and was an elected committeeperson. She teaches undergraduate humanities and religious courses at Center for Urban Theological Studies/Geneva College. She is serving her third term as International Secretary of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement and is a member of the African People’s Socialist Party.
Parents whose teachings centered in Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, activism, and community service marked Nzinga’s formative years. Her interests as a child were the Black Panther Party and struggling for rights, education, and justice for African people and all oppressed and exploited people.