Harlem rapper Mase, who was born Mason Betha, was announced as the new pastor of Gathering Oasis. The Atlanta church made the official announcement this past Sunday when they asked followers to “join us in welcoming our new leader” and referring to Mase as “Pastor.”
During the late 90’s Mase gave us memorable hits like “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” which featured P. Diddy and Biggie Smalls. In 1999 he famously announced that he would be hanging up his mic to pursue a higher calling. Soon after, Betha became a minister and reportedly enrolled into Clarke Atlanta to finish his studies.
After nearly a five-year hiatus, Betha returned to the Hip-Hop scene in 2004 and dropped his comeback album “Welcome Back”. Now it seems that Betha has returned back to the pulpits, and this time not as a minister.
In an interview with Gathering Oasis, the former rapper stated “I really see this generation being turned back to God’s hands, I think there’s been a major challenge with the city, like being able to direct people back to God and I really welcome the challenge.” when asked about his vision for the ministry.