The Board and Members of the Centennial AME Zion Church recently celebrated the arrival of their new Pastor, Reverend Patricia A. Bufford. The church family is even more excited because she has returned home! She is a daughter of the City of Buffalo- born and raised here. A celebration in her honor was held October 13 at the church, 127 Doat Street.
This is Pastor Bufford’s first pastorate but she is no stranger to the ministry, she has been in ministry for the past 16 years. And for the past eight she was an associate minister at the People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse, New York under the Leadership of Pastor Daren C. Jaime. She has done outreach ministries also mission work and she has had empowerment summits for women and youth in the Syracuse area.
Pastor Bufford is concerned about the quality of life in our society and our inner city neighborhoods.
Pastor Bufford has a heart for community outreach and evangelism, it is her vision to make the community a better place by creating spaces for outreach initiatives and to foster relationships in the community and the City.
She also served and worked for 22 years as a NYS Correction Officer in Westchester County at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
Pastor Bufford earned a Masters Degree at the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack NY & in NYC majoring in Church Development and in Urban Ministry.
Welcome Rev. Bufford !