Reverend Wayne Lavender, Ph.D.


Our pastor is a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut. He earned his B.A. degree from Drew University (where he double majored in history and philosophy), a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Art (Biblical Studies) from the Pacific School of Religion, and a doctorate from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Wayne served as a pastor in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 21 years, earning the prestigious Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2004 for his work at the New Milford United Methodist Church in New Milford, Ct. In addition to serving as a pastor, Wayne worked in the Kurdish Region of Iraq for 18 months as a visiting lecturer at the University of Human Development and consultant to the Kurdish Regional Government. He has also served as the executive director of the South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity affiliate, as the executive director of the Foundation 4 Orphans, and as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Wesleyan College. He is the author of five books, his latest being Who Will Care For The Orphan: If You Are A United Methodist, It Could Be You!