Reverend Wilma J. Hastings is a native Atlantean. She completed her undergraduate work at Beulah Heights Bible College, Atlanta, GA. Rev. Hastings is a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA with a Master of Arts in Ministry emphasis in Christian Education. Reverend Hastings is near completion of a second Master 2017, Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
Reverend Hastings was called into the ministry in 1995 and became licensed and ordained in the Baptist denomination. Rev. Hastings is assigned to the United Methodist Conference; a former part-time local Pastor of Hosanna United Methodist Church, Griffin, GA. Rev. Hastings is pastor of the Barnesville Parish in Barnesville, GA in the Griffin District. Rev. Hastings is a believer of the Great Commission. Therefore, she reminds believers we are all commissioned to “Go” move throughout the land and demonstrate our faith and Christianity through serving others in our community and our cities. She has a passion for teaching and preaching God’s Word in the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. Reverend Hastings firmly believe and live Luke 18:1, “humanity ought to always pray and never give up.” Reverend Hastings demonstrates her love for God and her fellow brethren through serving others. She has a strong passion for the Family, Women, and Children. As a voice in the community, she receives numerous speaking engagements from Atlanta’s elementary, middle, high, Alternative schools, family reunions and churches. Reverend Hastings has been noted for taking the Youth outside the four walls of the traditional Church building to share their Service and commitment of leadership with others. Reverend Hastings has proclaimed the Good News, instructing, and praying in such institutions as Sadie G. Mays, Athena Rehabilitation Centers, the United Methodist Children’s Home, Jonesboro Nursing Home, Jonesboro Assistant Living, orphan homes, youth detention centers, and women incarcerated and to their families. She has evangelized in the community of “Little Five Point” and Grady Hospital on the corner of Edgewood Avenue, Nail shops, beauty supply stores, clothing stores, townhomes and government housing area and the grocery stores sharing the gift of salvation, an invitation to Church and prayer. Rev. Hastings has shared many prayers for Military Soldiers during promotion ceremonies of the United States Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA.
Reverend Hastings is a member of the Concerns Black Citizens of Clayton County, Ministers of Clayton County. Reverend Hastings received a certificate from American Chaplaincy Training School, in Correctional Ministries. Reverend Hastings is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the past 14 years. She represents the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. Rev. Hastings obtained a 501c3 status for Girls’ mentoring program called “Girlfriends Leadership and Mentoring Program of Clayton County for eight years. Rev. Hastings also volunteers in Clayton County Public School. Reverend Hastings was given the opportunity to have proclaimed the Gospel of Christ on Clayton County local television. She was also blessed with a radio broadcast for a year entitled; “His Secret Place” hosted on WAEC, Love 86. Rev. Hastings received the 2015 Humanitarian Award in recognition of her tremendous effort and outstanding accomplishments in outreach ministry. Reverend. Hastings is a Chaplain intern for New Century Hospice.
Reverend Hastings was employed with the Department of the Army and the United States Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA, for 27 ½ years of federal service and ten years of private industry. Reverend Hastings is married to Reverend Elliott Hastings, and they reside in Jonesboro, Georgia. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren and one loving grandson at home with the Lord.