August 10, 2018: Q&A with Rev. Lisa Bozeman (Part 1)

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Our new Intern is Rev. Lisa Bozeman!

Rev. Lisa Bozeman is a native of Hazlehurst, Mississippi. She is seeking ordination through the Mississippi Annual Conference. She is a Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry and a Licensed Local Pastor. Also, Rev. Bozeman has served as the senior pastor of a church in Mississippi. She is starting her final year at Perkins School of Theology, and hopes to graduate in May with a Master of Divinity degree.

Get to know more about Rev. Bozeman and welcome her to The Park!

What was your childhood like?

God’s prevenient grace has been throughout my life. My mother, the late Judge Lillie V. Mckenzie, by example, made sure that my siblings and I were in Sunday School and Church “ev’ry” Sunday. I attended head start/kindergarten in churches from the age of two until first grade. So I was taught about God at school and at home. Along with Mom, there were other influential women like my kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Myrte Robinson, Mrs. Evelyn Holloway, Mother Betsy Weahterby, and Mrs. Florine McCoy Bryant, who encouraged me in the things of God and taught me to:

“Trust in the LORD with all your (my) heart,
And do not rely on your (my) own insight.
In all your (my) ways, acknowledge God,
And God will make straight your (my) paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

What was your call to ministry like?

My call to ministry came from a personal encounter with God through God’s Holy Spirit. I am forever grateful to those in helping me protect the call of God on my life, such as Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., and the Pastor Tommy Barnette of Phoenix First, Pastors Cynthia and Saeed Hosseini, and Pastor W. Charles Bryant and the late Bishop Alexis A. Thomas for providing a place to exercise and operate in my call.

My assignment is comparable to Paul’s charge to Timothy:

“I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message (of the Gospel) with intensity; keep your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2

What has your experience at Perkins been like?

Wow! My experience at Perkins (so far) has been absolutely like no other journey in my life. I have had some highs and quite a few lows … all of which have been transforming and God affirming. I know that I am here, at this time, only by the Grace of God!