Meet our Leader

Rev. Deborah Lightfoot Oates, MDIV

is in her 12th year of pastoring Providence A.M.E. Church. She is a native of Indianapolis, IN and grew up in Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church. She is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She received her Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017 and was ordained at the 180th Session of the Indiana Annual Conference in 2018, where she serves as the Chief Marshall. Prior to her assignment at Providence, Rev. Lightfoot Oates pastored Bethel A.M.E. Church in Seymour, IN and Historic Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Terre Haute, IN. Rev Oates is a wonderful pastor, she is married to Anthony, she is a mother, grandmother, sister, friend, mentor, and a great servant. Providence is pleased and blessed to have her here with us!