Pastor Garfield BurtonPastor Garfield Burton is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He received his elementary and secondary education in the public school system in Norfolk, and in 1982, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. He furthered his Christian education at the Washington Bible College and the Capital Bible Seminary, both located in Lanham, Maryland.
Pastor Burton is a very loving husband and devoted father. He is married to the former Marilyn A. King. Their union has been blessed with two beautiful children -- Ashley Monique and Brandon Garfield.
At the tender age of nine, Pastor Burton accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. At the age of 18, he was ordained a deacon of the Second Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, under the pastorate of Dr. H.W.B. Walker. He later relocated to Washington, D.C., where, in 1983, he united with the Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorate of Dr. D. Lee Owens. Throughout his time there, Pastor Burton served in various capacities, including deacon, trustee, Minister of Education, Sunday School Superintendent, Spiritual Advisor, Evangelism Counselor, Aide to the Pastor, and teacher. It was while he was at Zion that Pastor Burton accepted his calling into the Gospel Ministry and preached his trial sermon in May of 1993. Thereafter, he faithfully served as Assistant to the Pastor, and continued to be active in the various ministries of the church and to serve wherever he was needed.
In March of 1995, Pastor Burton was led by the Spirit of God to unite with the Glendale Baptist Church (now known as The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square), under the leadership of Pastor Anthony G. Maclin. He was later ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry in December of 1996. At that time, Pastor Burton had been employed as a school teacher in the Washington Metropolitan Area for a number of years, but in January of 1997, the Lord blessed him to begin full-time ministry at Glendale as the Pastoral Assistant. In addition to serving in that capacity, he was Glendale’s Minister of Christian Education, Dean of the Bible Institute, a counselor, and a teacher. Outside of Glendale he was used by God as a speaker/facilitator at numerous retreats and workshops, and for three years, taught the monthly Singles Ministry Bible Study Class at Heritage Fellowship United Church of Christ in Herndon, Virginia, where Reverend Norman Tate is the Pastor.
On January 4, 2003, he became the Pastor-elect of the Macedonia Baptist Church, located on Stanton Road in southeast Washington, D.C. Pastor Burton entered into his new assignment well-trained and well-equipped to lead God’s people, having served under three of God’s greatest Pastors. Pastor Burton officially began his tenure at Macedonia on February 2, 2003, and was duly installed on May 4, 2003. Being one who believes in getting things done, he immediately set about addressing areas of concern and needs of individual members as well as Macedonia as a whole. Pastor Burton is a highly motivated man of God. Under his leadership, Macedonia has grown greatly in numbers, in finances, and in spirit.
Pastor Burton is, without a doubt, an anointed man of God. He is a man of strong character and conviction, and has a sincere heart for the people. The love of God is apparent in his Christian walk, for his steps are truly ordered by the Lord.