submitted by the Great River Region
Rev. Dr. Nadine Burton is the newly called Executive Regional Minister for the Great River Region. She accepted the assignment as Interim Regional Minister in September 2015. Having worked in a variety of roles, Dr. Burton came highly qualified. Over the past year, she provided spiritual and administrative oversight for 106 congregations in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, a pastoral “presence” for pastors, lay leaders, and members. She boldly reported traveling 33,000 miles last year, which became a familiar hashtag throughout the Great River this past fall! She organized opportunities for Mission First gatherings, fellowship and inspiration, preached to deepen spiritual relationships that continue to unite congregations in shared ministries that moves from “our door steps to the end of the earth.”
With a highly functioning planning team, they pulled off a dynamic, spirit-filled Regional Assembly, hosted by Pastor Orlando Richmond and Northside Christian Church in West Point, MS: “There is a River: Transforming Churches.” Dr. Burton has a passion for transforming congregations and members to live their God-given purpose.
Dr. Burton earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in Multicultural Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary, completing her thesis, “Considering the Relevance of a Multicultural Reality within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).”
Her ministry includes eight years of congregational service as Associate Pastor, Christian Education, and Interim Associate Pastor, Christian Education and Strategic Development at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, TN; eight years for the Board of Church Extension, serving as the Minister, New Church Leader Development; and eight years with Sharp Electronics, as Personnel Generalist. Her portfolio includes human resources, church administration, strategic planning, coaching, and consultant. She is a gifted preacher, teacher, coach, and facilitator. In May 2016, she earned the Associate Certified Coach Certification through the International Coaching Federation.
Dr. Burton serves in a variety of leadership roles within the Christian Church (DOC), some of which include: Board Member, Christian Board of Publication, workshop leader and facilitator at General and Regional Assemblies, and the National Convocation of African American Churches. She recently led a task force to write a new mission statement for the Black Disciples Clergy Fellowship Group. She is a member of the Mission Council, working to launch a mission priority for the wider denomination. She is a member of “The College” of Regional Ministers, who provide guidance, community and collegiality for impactful regional ministries.
Dr. Burton has traveled extensively with the Division of Overseas Ministries. Missions included Mozambique, Southern Africa, Haiti Global Mission Experience with New Church Ministries, “Lead Me to Calvary” Fact Finding Trip, Israel/Palestine, Israel and Egypt, Post-Apartheid Mission Trip to Southern Africa. She also traveled with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University “Intersections with African Religions,” and Athens, Greece, Educational Tour of Greek Isles tracing Paul’s missionary journey.
Dr. Burton loves her family – she has six brothers (one deceased) and three sisters, and 60 nieces and nephews, who love God and serve in their communities and churches. After twenty years in Christian Ministry, she still believes in the power of unconditional love and prayer that can change the lives of God’s people! She will begin her new assignment January 16, 2017.