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4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
(Jeremiah 1: 4-10)
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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