New NAD Ministerial Associate joins to help focus on Women ClergyBrenda Evril Langford Billingy joins the North American Division team as an associate director for the NAD Ministerial Department. Billingy joins the NAD Ministerial Team with mission and focus to serve women clergy, and to support and mentor younger women called by God to be pastors in the North Americn Division. Billingy replaces Esther Knott who transitioned as a full-time NAD Ministerial Associate and Director of InMinistry Center at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Pastor Billingy was born on the Island of Trinidad, West Indies - the youngest of eight children born to Gladys and Lenny Langford. She received a pre-professional degree from Caribbean Union College at 18 years of age and then migrated to the United States where she completed her B.A. degree in Psychology from Columbia Union College and a M.A. degree in Education from Howard University.
In 1995 Brenda was ordained as a local Elder and her life began to change dramatically. Serving in that capacity allowed her to discover the special gifts God has graciously bestowed upon her - especially the gifts of speech, counseling and encouragement. It was then that she made a promise to the Lord that when her children were enrolled in College she would devote all of her time and attention to His purpose for her life.
This decision led her to return to Columbia Union College in 1998 to complete a B.A. degree in Religion. Upon graduation she was hired by the Allegheny East Conference as the Associate Pastor of the Metropolitan SDA Church in Hyattsville, Maryland. Brenda later served as the Senior Pastor of the Bladensburg SDA Church for 4 years before returning to Metropolitan SDA Church as the Senior Pastor for the past five years.
Ministry assignments include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, St. Croix, Jamaica,and Africa. Brenda has also had the honor of preaching the Word for the General Conference Session in 2010. As ministry partners, Brenda and her husband, Edsel, celebrateed their 39th anniversary in 2013. They are blessed with two wonderful daughters - Rhonda and Shana, the joy and pride of their lives.
Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, tennis, swimming and skiing. Her goal is to perform Earthly ministry with a Heavenly mindset, and her desire is to be known as a "humble vessel willing to be used by God".
Ivan Williams, NAD Ministerial Director says, "Pastor Billingy brings a passion to serve pastors in our division. She will use her church as a classroom for training and her position as senior pastor to help lead, mentor and coach other women clergy towards excellence. We are excited to have her on our team and know God will greatly use her."