Reverend Dr.  Lillie A. Burgess
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

bc_faculty_burgess_lillie_aReverend Dr. Lillie A. Burgess, Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice at Benedict College, is a licensed Associate Minister since Oct. 17, 1999, a Licensed Missionary, a Sunday School Teacher, a Member and Advisor of the Senior Missionary and Young Women Auxiliary (YWA’s) Ministries of Ridgewood Missionary Baptist Church.  She is an Immediate Past President and Foreign Mission Coordinator for the Gethsemane Woman’s and Young Woman Association of Columbia, SC, and Assistant Director of Commission of Mission for the Gethsemane Baptist Association.  She is a doctoral graduate of the Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Christian Education and Biblical Studies at Columbia International University (Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions)

Reverend Burgess is teaches a Survey of Old and New Testaments, Afro-American Public Worship, and World Religion courses. She is a member of the Religious Life Committee, an Advisor of the National Council of Negro Women, and an esteemed member of the Theta Alpha Kappa Philosophical Honor Society and Club at Benedict College.  Dr. Burgess is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and the National Notary Association.  She is the author of two articles: “Living Above Circumstances” and “A Lady Called Mosette.” 

Reverend Burgess is able to teach with vigor and excitement the various biblical truths that impact changes in the lives of her students.  She is hopeful that these truths impact her students to effect change in their global society. Her academic achievements, religious-studies experiences, and fact-finding and cross-cultural experiences in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Santo Domingo, and Haiti have prepared and allowed her to conduct many workshops that enhance spiritual growth in others and equip effective ministries within the church both in the United States and Africa.  She has led 21 volunteer teams to East Africa, and she has developed two new curricula: Foundations of Christian Education and Synoptic Gospels, which are presently being taught at churches, conventions, and Benedict College.     

Dr. Burgess is the chairperson of the Benedict College-Morris College Campaign, and she participates on the Scholarship, History, and Membership committees for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Gethsemane Association.  She has been awarded countless honors.  Two of the most impressive are listed below:

Recipient of the Benedict College Campaign of Women’s Association, contributing $12, 350.00, the largest amount of money for 2014-2015; honoree as “Hero” for the Red Cross Heroes Campaign Kickoff, coordinating 52 churches in the Gethsemane Association of Columbia, South Carolina.  In her efforts, almost $49,000.00 was raised for the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Efforts; coordinator of the quarterly funds support for the Youth Centre of Korogocho slums in Kenya, East Africa. Korogocho slums is in an area of about two square miles with a population of 300,000-500,000 people living in make-shift homes.

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