Rev. Belinda G. McCastle
Reverend Belinda Grooms McCastle is an ordained Elder in full connection and serves as the Associate Pastor of the Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, she served as the Senior Pastor of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia for ten years.
A spiritual transformation best describes the work that God performed through her gifts and graces at New Hope. The Lord has ordered the steps of this anointed teacher, preacher and spiritual counselor as she endeavors to do God’s will.
She has a passion for ministry and serves as overseer of evangelism, mission, outreach, social concerns and care ministries at Ben Hill. Pastor McCastle’s leadership qualities are exemplified throughout her day-to-day interaction with humanity. She is a phenomenal leader who serves out of the box and has learned to live and lead outside of her comfort zone, “For she walks by faith and not by sight.” Her leadership extends beyond the local church. She provides leadership for the Atlanta College Park District Strategic Growth Team committee and formerly served in the same capacity as well as a Statistician in the LaGrange District. In addition, she provided leadership to the North GA Annual Conference Worship committee.
Pastor McCastle has a profound compassion for the sick, the shut-in and the less fortunate. She leads her ministries in their endeavor to interact with and serve people in need. Under her leadership, ministries at Ben Hill UMC assist the community through their food bank and clothes closet, rent and utility assistance, summer feeding program (Smart Lunch Smart Kid), Trinity Feeding and transportation. She has established partnerships with other area churches, The Salvation Army and United Way to help alleviate homelessness and the interruption of utility services. She collaborates with other organizations to provide community health and wellness seminars and workshops being intentional about educating and addressing health concerns.
Pastor McCastle has assisted in organizing and facilitating Brain Health forums, memory screenings, Alzheimer’s seminars, prostate symposiums and quarterly blood drives. Among Ben Hill partners, she has assisted in establishing a great relationship with Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Emory Center for Health in Aging, The Alzheimer’s Association, Prostrate Health Education Network (PHEN), The Red Cross and Physicians from Emory, Grady, CDC, Morehouse and the Community. The Coalition of 100 Black Women Atlanta Chapter honored Pastor McCastle for her outstanding community service.
She is a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) earning a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Augusta State University. She holds an Associate of Arts in General Education from Emmanuel College, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. She is a certified peace officer and served the Fayette County community for 21 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant.
Her Christian philosophy is “Only what you do for Christ will last.” Pastor McCastle has risen to the call of duty to fulfill the calling on her life as she strives to reach full fruition of excellence in her higher calling as servant of Jesus Christ. She has been blessed to teach and preach the gospel at various churches, conferences, revivals and special events in various states throughout the continental USA as well as aboard.
She is married to Thaddeus McCastle. They are the very proud parents of three lovely daughters: Angel, Meagan and Mariah. Her most important attributes are: she is a born again believer of the Faith and she is filled with the Holy Spirit. So whatever you remember about her, remember that it is not about her, but it’s ALL about Jesus.