To Provide members, friends and visitors the opportunity to praise, worship, spiritual growth, evangelism, and Christian mission. This will be done through worship services, fellowship, training, church school, Bible study, special services, Christian witness, mid-week services, convention, pastoral leadership and ministerial support.
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Reading from the Lectionary
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Rev. Bruce Burton, Sr. is a native of Tappahannock, VA where he grew up as a member of First Baptist Church. He matriculated to Virginia State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. Following several years of employment in the King William County School System, he received a Master of Education degree in Special Education with a concentration in Emotional Disturbance from Virginia State University. Rev. Burton is a career educator currently working with at-risk students in the Henrico County School system. This has been his profession and ministry for over 30 years.
Rev. Burton cherishes his family. He and his wife, Mary, have been blessed with three wonderful children Davonda (Rashaun), Christine and Bruce, Jr. He loves spending time with family, photography, tennis, gardening, and watching good movies.
Answering God's call to "Feed my Sheep", Rev. Burton was licensed to "Preach the Gospel" on June 28, 2010. In May of 2011, he graduated Magma Cum Laude from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU) with a Master of Divinity Degree and two years later earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education Degree in 2013. He has served as the photographer for the School of Theology at Virginia Union for over 20 years.
Rev. Burton was ordained in February 2012 at the St. James Baptist Church of Varina where he served as an Associate Minister working with Outreach and Christian Education. Rev. Burton was honored to serve as the substitute pastor at St. John Baptist Church in Tappahannock for several months prior to being called to the awesome position of Interim-Pastor of the St. James Baptist Church in Milford. Acting on his love of theological studies, Rev. Burton earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree on May 13, 2017 from STVU.
Rev. Bruce Burton, Sr. loves the Lord and ministering to God's people. His feelings are clearly expressed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13-14 when he writes: "Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it (on) my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus."
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