Church welcomes pastor from UK
WARREN — Grace AME Church, 1145 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will welcome guest speaker Rev. Lucinda V. Burgess, the presiding elder of the European Conference, at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 14.
In April 2022, during the 60th session of the European annual conference, Bishop Marvin C. Zanders II, appointed Burgess as the presiding elder.
Burgess oversees churches in England, France and the Netherlands. Burgess is the first woman itinerant elder and the second native Bermudian to hold this position.
In 2013, she came to the U.S. to attend Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, graduating in May 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree, cum laude.
On Oct. 14, 2017, Burgess was ordained an itinerant elder at the Ohio — South Ohio annual conference and one day later the late Bishop McKinley Young appointed her to serve at Ross Chapel AMEC in Jamestown.
In 2019 Bishop Anne Henning Byfield appointed her to serve at Richard Allen AMEC in London.
While at Payne Seminary, Burgess met and lived with Dr. Lenora Brogdon-Wyatt in Xenia. Brogdon-Wyatt, a native of Warren, is welcoming her friend to her home city.
Burgess was born and raised in Sandys, Bermuda. She was educated in Bermuda’s public school system. She continued her education at Morgan State University in Baltimore, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a certificate in education; teaching in the public school systems in Bermuda and Baltimore.
Burgess is an author, playwright and contributing writer. She said she believes her dual role as a Christian and a historian is to keep the past alive for future generations to learn from and live by.
Burgess has published “Faith and Foundations” and “Martin: A Biographical Sketch. She also has written articles for the AMEC Christian Recorder, and the Founder Profile: Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne 1811-1893 in Payne Scholars.