|Source: The Christian Recorder|
During the annual planning meetings of the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal church (which encompasses Florida and the Bahamas), the Presiding Bishop A.J. Richardson appointed the twin sisters, the Rev. Alethea Scott-Winston and the Rev. Dr. Alesia S. Ford Burse to pastor congregations that carry the same name: St. James AME Church. Rev. Dr. Ford Burse will pastor St. James AME Church in Orange Park, and her sister Rev. Scott Winston will serve as the pastor of St. James AME Church in Clearwater.
Richardson’s decision marks the first time in the history of the AME Church that twins have pastored churches with the same name at the same time.
Rev. Ford Burse is one of the few African American applied anthropologists in the United States. Her professional career has been spent in the education arena where she has researched solutions that lead to optimal quality of life for elderly populations. Additionally, she was instrumental in starting the Gerontology program at Edward Waters University.
Rev. Scott Winston currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Social Justice Ministry for Pinellas County Florida. In this capacity, she works closely with local city officials to encourage schools to embrace Restorative Practices to reduce school suspensions that disproportionately impact students of color.
“God has taken care of us from birth to adulthood,” Rev. Scott Winston said. “God has allowed us to live our dreams to become ministers in the African Methodist Episcopal Church serving the Lord with gladness.”
Source: The Christian Recorder