REVEREND WILLIE J. BURCHFIELD
“The days of our years are three score and ten… “ Psalm 90:10
The first score of Reverend Burchfield’s life was spent receiving and giving love. Being born in Starkville, Mississippi he developed a love of the land and a simple life. The oldest child of twelve born to Augusta and Willie Burchfield he had many occasions to be loved and give love to his family. He developed appreciation for education, farm living and sports. Attending Rust College on a track and scholastic scholarship.
During the second score he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma and SGA President. Before graduating with a BS in Math and Physics he was licensed to preach. After graduating from ITC with a M. Divinity he fathered two wonderful daughters- MaSonya and Aisha.
The third score found Reverend Burchfield discovering a zest for TSU that went beyond being the Wesley Foundation Campus Minister. He rediscovered Comic Book Collecting and earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Witnessed daughters getting advanced degrees. All while enjoying love of life with wife, Sharon and pastoring Mt. Pisgah and Key Stewart.
And the last ten years have been groundbreaking. He completed his eight-year term as D.S. for the Columbia District. Walked MaSonya down the aisle and performed wedding ceremony. Before serving as Pastor to Bethpage he worked at Conference Council Office. Welcomed three grandchildren- SaNiiyah, Lillie and James into the world.
And with a portion of good health he will spend another decade watching SaNiiyah attend college on a soccer, basketball or track scholarship, Lillie perfecting her dance moves and Cantonese and James conquering the world.