Co-Paster, Unity Fellowship Church of The Nations Capital (UFCNC)
Reverend NaDine Rawls, a native
of Louisiana, attended public school in the Bossier Parish
School system in Plain Dealing, La. She graduated from Plain
Dealing High in 1978, and attended Northeast Louisiana
University, where she graduated in 1982 with a degree in Law
At an early age, Rev. Rawls was baptized as a member of Hopewell
Baptist Church. During her teenage years, she played piano for
Sunday School as well as serving as President and musician for
the Youth Choir. While attending Northeast La. University of
Monroe, Rev. Rawls became the assistant and later the choir
director for NLU Interdenominational Ensemble, which traveled
throughout the Southern portions of the United States.
Rev. Rawls began her liturgical career at Metropolitan Community
Church of Shreveport, serving as the liturgical aid to the
pastor. Later, she became the worship leader of MCC of
Shreveport until a permanent pastor was named. In 1991, Rev.
Rawls relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area to
actively pursue her call in the MCC ministry. In 1992, she was
ordained deacon of Harvest MCC in Denton, Texas, and in 1993,
she became a student clergy candidate. While living in the North
Texas region, Rev. Rawls served as co-chair of Ujima, an
organization created to serve the African-American lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender community. She was instrumental in
bringing together African-American organization to host the 1996
National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum. She was also a
member of Umoja Hermanas, a social support organization that
served the interest of African-American and Hispanic lesbians in
the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
God called Rev. Rawls in 1994 out of MCC to join the Unity
Fellowship Church Movement. She founded and served as pastor of
the Unity Fellowship Church of North Texas from 1995 to 1996
before moving to the Washington, D.C. area.
After moving to Washington in 1997, she joined Inner Light Unity
Fellowship Church ministerial staff and served as a member of
the Church Council, the Womyn's Ministry, and the Voices of
Praise. She was also served as a spiritual leader for the Youth
and Young Adult Ministry. She was one of the leading organizers
of "How I Got Over: Living As a Joyful Art," a day of fun for
people living with life-threatening diseases.
In 1999, Rev. Rawls was fully ordained as Reverend within the
Unity Fellowship Church Movement. When the call was made for
ministers to form Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore, Rev.
Rawls answered the call. In November 2000, Rev. Rawls was
consecrated and installed as the assistant Pastor of Unity
Fellowship Church of Baltimore. During her time there, she has
participated in panel discussions around Homosexuality and the
Church at Maryland University as well as Morgan State
Rev. Rawls is in a committed relationship with Rochelle D.
RossMays. They reside in Greenbelt, MD with their two sons. Rev.
Rawls is an employee of Titan Corporation where she is a
Technical Support Specialist.
Co-Pastor Patrick Maye
Co-Pastor NaDine Rawls
630 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002