Rev. Idotha Battle

The Rev. Idotha Yvonne Battle retires after more than 26 years as pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.

More than 26 years ago, the first female pastor took the podium at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. While doubt was in the back of her mind, she said she had to be an overcomer and not give up on what she was called to do.

The Rev. Idotha Yvonne Battle compared retirement from the church to a divorce.

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