First Lady Marilyn K. Burton
First Lady Marilyn Burton is a native of Washington, D.C. She attended parochial schools in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and furthered her education at Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Southeastern University. First Lady Burton has over 31 years of dedicated federal service, and is currently employed by the Office of Thrift Supervision.
First Lady Burton is the devoted help meet of Reverend Garfield Burton, Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church, located on Stanton Road in Southeast Washington, D.C. Together, they have enjoyed over 24 years of marriage, and have been blessed with two beautiful children – Ashley Monique and Brandon Garfield.
Sister Burton accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in February of 1984. She united with the Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the esteemed pastorate of the late Dr. D. Lee Owens. At Zion, she attended training sessions and seminars on leadership, evangelism, stewardship, and prayer, and served in various capacities, including Vice Chairlady of the Deaconess Ministry, Evangelism Counselor and Contact, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher, Sunday School Clerk, Gospel Chorus and Women’s Day Choir member, and President of the Matron Mission. Sister Burton was also called upon many times to perform a variety of administrative tasks.
In March of 1995, the Spirit of God led the Burton Family to unite with the Glendale Baptist Church (n/k/a The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square), under the leadership of Pastor Anthony G. Maclin. While at Glendale, Sister Burton attended workshops on leadership and missions, and participated in the Ministers’ Wives and Women’s Conferences. She worked with the Ministry of Education as well, and served with her husband as a Stewardship Education Coordinator for the Lifestyle Capital Stewardship Campaign. She also was a member of the Ministers’ Wives, Deaconess, and Policy and Procedure Ministries.
February 2, 2003 marked another milestone in Sister Burton’s life. On that day, her beloved husband assumed the pastorate of the Macedonia Baptist Church. First Lady Burton considers it an honor to, not only be joined as one with a powerful man of God, but to also have her husband to be her Pastor and Spiritual Mentor. Through his guidance, she continues to grow and to be strengthened in her Christian walk.
As in her previous churches, First Lady Burton goes about doing whatever she can to be a blessing to the people of God and to the Church Ministry. She was instrumental in organizing the Daughters of Virtue, the Young Daughters of Virtue, and the Sons of David Ministries, and is currently the Minister to Women at Macedonia. Most recently, she and her husband began teaching the weekly Marriage Enrichment Classes at Macedonia. Outside of Macedonia, she holds membership in the Baptist Ministers’ Wives and Widows Association of Washington, D.C. and Vicinity, Incorporated and the Interdenominational Council of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows.
First Lady Burton is known for doing whatever is necessary, day or night, to carry out the divine vision given to her Pastor for God’s people and to advance the Kingdom of God. She also allows herself to be used by God to publicly address women on various topics for the edification of the Body of Christ. In doing so, she has blessed many with words of inspiration and comfort.
First Lady Burton’s focus is on serving and worshipping the Lord. Because she has served under the strong leadership of three very dynamic and innovative shepherds, she is well trained for ministry. She possesses a very deep love for God and a sincere passion for God’s people. First Lady Burton tirelessly gives of herself to those in need. Her goal is to receive the reward of a “good and faithful servant” when she meets her Savior face to face.