THE PASTOR

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REV. DR. THELMA L. CARUTHERS

 Dr. Caruthers is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Prior to her appointment as Pastor of St. Luke in August 2017, Dr. Caruthers served in several capacities at the church, including Director of Christian Education, Liturgist, Youth Church Director, Bible Study Instructor, and Outreach Ministry Leader. 

Dr. Caruthers was initially ordained in the Baptist Denomination and was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Southfield, MI, for 19 years. While at New Hope Dr. Caruthers served as an Associate Minister, Director of Christian Counseling, Director of the Nursing Home Ministry, a Deaconess, Missionary, and as a Sunday School Teacher.

Dr. Caruthers previously served as the Interim Pastor of First Baptist Herriman Park, Birmingham, Alabama. She has also been a guest preacher, presenter for ecclesiastical workshops including the Married Couples Ministry at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Notable North Christian Education Conference.; and as a co-instructor for Heritage Center for Religious Studies. She has been a member of AME Women in Ministry for the past six years and served the Financial Secretary for the 2016-17 conference year.

Dr. Caruthers’ compassionate spirit has led her to serve the community as a Chaplain at Sinai Grace and Henry Ford Hospitals. Dr. Caruthers has also served as an Ombudsman for Citizens for Better Care for over three years, and continues to minister at various nursing homes, extended living and hospice centers throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area.

Dr. Caruthers is a graduate of Oakland Community College (Associates of Liberal Arts), Ashland Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). She has obtained Certification as a Chaplain through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and as a Counselor through Christian Research and Development (CRD). 

Dr. Caruthers has over 40 years of professional work experience in corporate, educational, Federal, and private sectors including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and her own company R.T.A.R. Tax Consultant Service. Dr. Caruthers retired from Lutheran Child and Family Service after 12 years in 2008 and has dedicated her post-corporate career to full time ministry. 

Dr. Caruthers has been married to Dr. Rodney Caruthers for 45 years. They have two children, April, and Rodney II. Dr. Caruthers truly has a heart for God’s people as evidenced by her preaching, teaching, counseling, and her desiring that “…we all be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.