The Holy Patriarch
Cardinal Demosthene Nelson (Jaramogi Menelik Kimathi)
Jaramogi Menelik Kimathi also known as Cardinal Demosthene Nelson is the Holy Patriarch and Presiding Bishop of the Shrines of the Black Madonna™ of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church. He is a native of Detroit , Michigan where he attended the Detroit Public Schools. Jaramogi's undergraduate studies began at the University of Detroit . He received his BA in Theology/Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas . He matriculated to Yale Divinity School where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree while serving as the president of the Yale Black Seminarians and the pastor of the Black Church at Yale. However, Jaramogi Kimathi regards his most profound educational experiences to have come through the BCN National Training Center and the almost 30 years spent under the direct tutelage under the church's late founder, the Honorable Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman AKA Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr. Jaramogi Kimathi has been pastor to churches in Detroit, Michigan, Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX. and New Haven , CT. He is a dynamic and widely sought after preacher. He has preached extensively across the country.
As a respected leader in the national Black community, he is regularly called upon to speak at colleges, universities, conferences and rallies. As the national director of the Black Slate Inc., he has significant impact on the political life of the black community. Jaramogi Kimathi is also a highly regarded authority on African and African American History which he has taught for more than 20 years. He has organized historical projects in conjunction with Howard University , Spellman College , Morehouse College , University of Pittsburgh , Temple University , Yale University , Emory University , Georgia State University, Texas Southern University, Boston College , University of Houston and the University of Texas. Jaramogi Kimathi has written numerous articles published in a variety of publications on a multiplicity of subjects of relevance to Black people. He has received many awards and honors including the NAACP Unity Award. He has been a regular guest in radio and TV programs across the country, including CNN. He has also participated in two documentary films.
With passing of the church's founder in February of 2000, Jaramogi Kimathi became the second Holy Patriarch of the PAOCC. The Holy Patriarch is elected for life and is the church's highest authority in all affairs, spiritual and temporal. He is married with three children and lives in Detroit, MI.