Rev. Phanta I. Lansden is a native of Morganton, North Carolina and is a 2016 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary and recipient of two awards: the Helen Dean Preaching Award, given to students who exhibit promise for effective preaching in the church and the James and Elizabeth Appleby Book Award, given to those whose commitment to Christ and spiritual promise indicate particularly fruitful pastorates to the glory of God. She is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Student at Union Presbyterian Seminary pursuing a D. Min degree focused on healing trauma from a spiritual perspective.
She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has worked in the field of social work for over 10 years. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with marginalized populations and continually strives to advocate for the rights, dignity and well being of all people.
She has served in various parish and non-parish settings in Charlotte and surrounding areas where she led the opening of a community clothing closet and food pantry, provided outreach to local schools, supervised interns, led worship, preached, provided administrative support, and led various community outreach events.
She is a wife, mother, social worker, pastor, and philanthropist. She lives by Proverbs 3:5-6, trusting in the Lord with all her heart and has dedicated her life to serving God and others with love and compassion.