The Reverend Nazim B. Fakir, M.Div.
Reverend Fakir is a man of God who seeks to fulfill the Kingdom agenda in his life and ministry. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan and was the second of three children born to Abdul “Duke” Fakir and Inez Clinscales Fakir; he was educated in the Detroit public and private schools, and received the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Summa Cum Laude from the University of Detroit Mercy. Additionally, he received the Deans Honor Award, the Business Administration Award and was inducted into the Alpha Iota Delta and Beta Gamma Sigma, National Business Academic Honor Societies. Reverend Fakir received the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Urban Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where he was a Garrett-Evangelical Leadership Scholar; receiving a full academic scholarship. Rev. Fakir also completed some post-graduate work at Garrett-Evangelical.
During his matriculation at Garrett-Evangelical Reverend Fakir served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and as Co-chair of the Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians. Additionally, he was one of two students selected to serve on the President’s Strategic Planning Committee, as well as serving on the Visioning Task Force for Garrett’s Center for the Church and the Black Experience, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors, and formally served as its Interim Director.
Reverend Fakir was called by God while attending Oak Grove AME Church in Detroit, Michigan; he was ordained an Itinerant Deacon in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Bishop Philip Robert Cousin, Sr. and ordained an Itinerant Elder in Kalamazoo, Michigan by Bishop John Richard Bryant, Presiding Bishop of the 4th Episcopal District and the Senior Bishop of the AME Church.
Reverend Fakir began his pastoral ministry assigned by Bishop John Bryant as the pastor of Celia Gregg AME Church in Calumet City, IL, a congregation he was charged with rebuilding spiritually and physically. The membership grew under his leadership and there were many improvements made to the 100 year old physical plant, including the tear-off and replacement of the flat roof. On October 14, 2012 God smiled upon him and Bishop John appointed him as pastor of the historic St. Peter’s AME Church in Minneapolis, MN. Again charged with the spiritual, numerical and physical rebuilding of God’s people and God’s house Reverend Fakir has risen to the challenge. With his focus on spiritual growth, social justice and fiscal accountability, St. Peter’s has experienced numerical increase, begun several new ministries and is embarking upon an extensive building improvement campaign as they celebrate 135 years of service to the Twin Cities. Reverend Fakir is committed to leading St. Peter’s to higher heights of service and a deeper relationship with Christ, while providing transformative ministry to the area.
Rev. Fakir has three beautiful daughters; Yazmin, Najma and Ilana.