Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Sr. is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He is the third of four children born to the late Earl H. (Sr.) and Maxine Thurmond. He received his early education in the Richmond County, Georgia school system and is a graduate of Westside Comprehensive High School. He then attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University where he was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Medical College of Georgia where he was inducted into the IMHOTEP society as well as Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. He is a 2015 magna cum laude graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Phillips School of Theology with a Masters in Divinity, where he received the Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Scholarship and the Isaac B. Clark Preaching Award.
Reverend Thurmond has been employed as a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor and a Senior Clinical Oncology Specialist within Pharmaceutical/Biologic Sales. In spite of an exciting and rewarding career, he acknowledged a higher calling and purpose for his existence and began his journey as a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For four years he served under the Rev. Dr. Donald Jordan, pastor of the Trinity C.M.E. Church in Augusta, Georgia. Pastor Thurmond was inspired, challenged and blessed by Dr. Jordan who continues to serve as his mentor.
In 2005 he was appointed pastor of the Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church. While at Rock of Ages, disciples were added, new ministries were formed, other ministries were revived and the fellowship was reinvigorated. Rev. Thurmond is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where the presiding prelate is Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter.
In July 2008, Rev. Thurmond was appointed Pastor in Charge at St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Savannah, Georgia where the prophetic, visionary and legendary Rev. Dr. Henry R. Delaney was the Senior Pastor. In July 2009, Rev. Thurmond was appointed Senior Pastor at St. Paul. God continues to show himself strong in the life and witness of the St. Paul faith community with the blessings of a growing congregation, new ministries and partnerships. Rev. Thurmond currently serves on the Joint Board of Finance for the Central Georgia Region, member of the General Connectional Board, was a delegate to the 2010 and 2014 General Conference, the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa, the African American Ministers Leadership Coalition and the Community Advisory Board of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Rev. Thurmond is happily married to Antoinette Johnson Thurmond. They are the blessed parents of a son, D. Ramsey Jr. and a daughter, Barbara Maxine.