Reverend Doctor Herman ‘Skip’ Mason
Rev. Dr. Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr. is the senior pastor of Historic West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Atlanta and an honors graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Mason matriculated and graduated from Morris Brown College. He continued his education at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and earned his Masters Degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in African American Studies and Archives/Museum Management. He is also a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta where he obtained the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees respectively.
Dr. Mason, a seasoned educator for over 25 years, has served as professor of history, college archivist, director and dean of students and Vice President of Student Services at both Morris Brown College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, he serves as the Director of Library Service and Assistant Professor of African-American History and Religion at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.
Dr. Mason is the author of numerous books on the history of the African American experience in Atlanta, Georgia and the South, and has published over 10 books. He has curated major exhibitions including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Centennial Exhibition, and served as a historical consultant on numerous PBS documentaries. Most recently under Dr. Mason’s leadership, Voorhees opened its museum documenting the college’s history.
Dr. Mason served on the National Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. and led his fraternity to the completion and dedication of the monument on the mall in Washington, D.C in 2011. Dr. Mason is a member of numerous fraternal, social and civic organization including Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boule), Prince Hall Masons and the Shriners. An avid genealogist, Dr. Mason enjoys reading, traveling, collecting black memorabilia and photographs, listening to music and researching his family history. Dr. Mason is the father of two wonderful teenaged children, Jewel and Jodari. He gives thanks to God for his journey.