Rev. Dr. Maisha I. Handy, a native of Chicago Illinois, was licensed to preach in 1991 and ordained to the gospel ministry in 1994 at First Baptist Congregational Church (Baptist/U.C.C.) of Chicago. She is an ordained Elder in Presbytery of Greater Atlanta PCUSA and currently serves as pastor of Rize Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Handy a.k.a. Pastor “K” began her journey through higher education at Lincoln University (MO) and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, she received the Master of Divinity degree with honors from Candler School of Theology, Emory University (1994) and the Ph.D. degree in Religion from Emory University (2002).   She is the first African American woman to receive the Ph.D. from Emory in Theology & Personality. Dr. Handy currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia where she has been teaching for 15 plus years. She is also commissioned as an Umi (Mother) in the Nzinga & Ndugu Rites of Passage  Society (Clark Atlanta University).


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