Rev. Donald Mathis
Reverend Donald Mathis is a native of Tifton, Georgia. He received his early education in in the Tift County School System. He graduated from Tift County High School in 1987. In 1991 he was called into the ministry and was licensed to preach the gospel by the South Georgia Annual Conference in 1993. A life-long learner, he attended a course of study program for the ministry at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He completed the five year program and received his diploma. He continued his education and received an Associate of Arts degree in sociology from Waycross College. He is an Alumni of Savannah State University, graduating Magnum Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and was inducted into the Honor Society.
Reverend Mathis has been in the ministry for twenty-one years and has been pastoring for eighteen years. He has been the shepherd for several churches and doing God’s work at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Savannah, Georgia (2001-2003), Brannen Chapel United Methodist Church in Statesboro, Georgia (2003-2010), King Solomon, Emory Chapel in Jesup, Georgia and Scott Chapel United Methodist Church in Blackshear, Georgia (2010-2015), Canaan Community United Methodist Church ( In June, 2017, he was given the assignment and opportunity to become the shepherd of M. L. Harris United Methodist, Columbus, Georgia, where is currently serving the people of God.
Equally active in the community, Reverend Mathis has worked with the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry, the Urban Hope after School Program, and the Board of Missions while in Savannah Georgia. He has served on the Board of Missions, the Committee of Building and Location, and the Board of Mission for the Statesboro District, the board of Directors for the North and South Georgia Pastor’s School, the Committee of Religion and race for the SGAC, and the Advocacy Committee for the SGAC. He has interned with Department of Juvenile Justice and with the Department of Family and Children Services in Waycross, Georgia and 4 Evamor Inc. in Columbus Georgia.
Reverend Mathis is married to the lovely Margariete Joyce Mathis. They have three adult children, Shameka, Britinay, and Donald LaGregory, Jr., and six grandchildren, Cameron, Malachi, Landon, Caleb, McKenzie, and Maria.
With a great deal of faith in God, his motto is “Prayer Changes Things” and the life he lives is exemplifies his belief.