Delonte Gholston

Pastor, Artist, Organizer

Delonte is committed to using his passion for art, theology, and social change to bring life and flourishing both to cities and to rural areas. This passion fuels his work with the Downtown LA Clergy Council where he serves as the Director of the Trust Talks, a new approach to trust building and community transformation between the LAPD, housing and public health service providers, activists, loft dwellers, business owners, the un-housed, and other key stakeholders in Downtown LA. It has also led him to provide leadership in community development and social change work in the Appalachian hills of West Virginia and in rural and urban Malawi and South Africa. Born and raised in Washington DC, he was educated in DC public schools, and attended Swarthmore College and Fuller Theological Seminary. Groomed in black Baptist and Pentecostal traditions, he currently serves as a Pastor for Children and Youth at New City Church of Los Angeles, and as a teacher at a Quaker School in Pasadena. A newlywed, he married his life partner and best friend Claire this Fall.