Rev. Brenda Payne (CAS ’73, SON ’74, STH ’86, STH ’13)
26 years later, former pastor comes full circle
The Rev. Brenda Payne, second from left, is shown with her family, son Justyn, husband Jerryl, daughter Bryanna and son Jeremyah at her graduation ceremony recently at Boston University.
June 14, 2013
The Rev. Brenda Payne was on a mission. After 26 years, the former pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church in Houston had returned to Boston University’s School of Theology to finish her Master of Divinity degree.
It was tough, she said. She experienced extremes, from health problems to snowstorms, and felt Boston’s pain after the marathon bombings.
“I had some very harrowing experiences, but God had put me there,” Payne said. “With his grace and my perseverance, I made it through.”
That she did, and on the dean’s list, too.
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