Dr. Masters is a native of Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of A.J. Moore High School, Paul Quinn College (B.A.), Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University-SMU (Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry), Huston-Tilloston University (Doctor of Divinity). His first ministerial appointment began in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church with the Metropolitan Board of Mission working with an ecumenical staff of Urban Community Organizers. He has served churches in Valley Mills, Texas (student appointment) Fort Worth, Dallas, Los Angeles and one term as District Superintendent. Additionally, Dr. Masters has also served as Adjunct faculty at Texas Christian University (TCU) and Perkins School of Theology at SMU.
In 2012, Dr. Masters returned from an eleven-year pastorate at Holman UMC (the largest UMC in Los Angeles) to assume senior pastor duties at St. Luke “Community” UMC in Dallas. In June 2014 Dr. Masters retired after forty-seven (47) years of pastoral ministry. He is married to Rev. S. Dianna Masters (Pastor Warren UMC-Dallas).
They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Active at the local, national and international level Dr. Masters serves on several boards and agencies including Africa University Development Board which oversees the work of Africa University in Zimbabwe.
Dr. Masters in an avid reader and author of Simon of Cyrene, the only African eyewitness to the crucifixion of Jesus, (Inkwater Press 2004) and Makin’ Room in the Inn, Christmas Hospitality through an African American Experiences (Abingdon 2010), co-authored with his wife Rev. S. Dianna Masters. He was also the publisher of a magazine, Deep River, which addressed issues and topics of African American churches in Southern California.
A passion of Dr. Masters is working to revitalize churches in the central city and developing strategies to “Save Black Boys”(currently tutoring black boys at Charles Rice Elementary in South Dallas-the most poverty-stricken community in Dallas). His current efforts are also focused on writing, consulting, traveling, assisting his wife of forty years, going to Houston to babysit his grandkids and publishing a new publication – By Faith magazine.