(DENVER) — Jah Latchman, J.D., Master of Divinity (MDIV) student (3rd Year), president, National Alliance of Pan African Seminarians, at the Iliff School of Theology reports she was involved in an accident from which highway patrol officers thought no one would survive. Latchman did, and in the aftermath of the accident, says she began receiving clear messages from The Divine to pursue a career in ministry.
“I’m in my car, careening down a 65-foot ravine and felt an amazing sense of peace,” Latchman said. “I remember saying I don’t want to die, but thy will be done. The impact should have killed me – it didn’t, I walked away without a scratch – and with the directive to be part of the spiritual transformation occurring on the planet became clear.”
According to Latchman, who is also an internationally recognized Spoken Word House Music artist, her call to theological study had a slow and steady beat. “I resisted the call at every turn, and still the messages became louder and clearer. I spoke with religious leaders about this and received affirmations that I should explore ministry. For me, the call was like a steady beat. I did not truly hear it, until I experienced a series of life-changing events that required my attention. I had always been so blessed and everything literally began being adversely effected. So I took action, and started this life-changing journey to bring a new model in ministry.”
“I have always wanted to make a positive difference in the world. When I practiced law, I was equal parts legal advisor, life coach and counselor. No matter what I am doing, it’s always about empowering people. It’s always about seeing a way forward. I truly believe that just because something seems a particular way doesn’t mean that you have to be a victim of the world. Through my ministry, I want to help people find their power and live their best lives.”
Latchman credits her diverse experiences at Iliff for helping her gain traction on her call to deliver a house of prayer to serve everyone.
“I was blessed when I was granted the Lloyd and Ruth Barnard Scholarship for Bible Land Travel. During a 14-day journey, I walked where Jesus walked, and came, in my way, to know the land, and him differently. From Rome to Turkey and ports in Israel, I walked where Jesus walked. It was at the Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount that I had the most amazing experience. I’m among a sea of women, who were all praying, rocking and swaying, and something within the sacred energy compelled me to reach the wall. I went left, then right, swaying with the crowd toward that wall, and it seemed like The Divine created a path for me to touch the Wailing Wall. When I got there, something said look up; I did and saw a white dove. In that moment, I got my ministry. I heard ‘my house, shall be a house of prayer for all people.’ I then heard the name of my ministry which is ‘Out of Many, One. It is OMO House.’ I returned to Denver and created OMO House. I know that my humanity, my connection and my compassion were amplified during my travel of the Holy Land.”
An African-American, Latchman uniquely wants to serve the black community. “OMO House will serve all people; I feel a calling to deliver a different kind of experience for people of color, especially those in the black community. Perhaps it’s because I grew up immersed in the Afro-centric experience. I feel I can really be of service in empowering African-Americans to see the Jesus message differently.”
In November, as part of Iliff’s Immersion Learning experience, she traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa to continue her lived international and multicultural education.
“Most of the professors have a commitment to multiculturalism at Iliff. I feel that going to Africa will again be transformative for me. I recently met a woman from Zimbabwe who says through this experience, something is going to shift in me on a DNA cellular level, that will change how I look at the world, and I believe her. I have the courage to go to a place where people who look like me originated. I am going because we live in a world that for all intents and purposes feels broken and most of us don’t know what to do or how to be a part of creating a wholeness. Iliff is trying to plant the seed to assist us transforming our beings. Since OMO House will be part of the empowerment conversation globally, this trip is seminal to my vision and calling. It’s about what gets planted in me and how I nurture it to help someone else. Through my ministry, I want a sister in Chicago to say, I can love my black skin, and yeah, I get it. I want the young brother in New Orleans or Harlem to say, yeah, I get it. I want a sister in Senegal to be able to say, yeah, I get it.” Latchman continues, “It has been said that the more you know God the more you will know yourself. The more you know yourself, the more you will know God. To me this has been the most powerful lesson of my theological study. The study of theology has allowed me to see myself more clearly and actually be a mirror of love to humanity. I sit in classes at Iliff and see what has happened to our world in the name of God. Every class I hear information that reshapes my worldview and explodes my previous beliefs / paradigms. And excitedly, I say yes, I get it now.”