Barbara J. Miniefee, pastor of Ward Chapel A.M.E., will be the guest speaker at Monday’s 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Ward Chapel, 523 N. Buckeye.
The program was postponed from Monday due to inclement weather.
Miniefee was born Sept. 2, 1943, in TalIulah, La. The family moved to Detroit, Mich., where she grew up.
After graduating from Northwestern High School, she moved to California and attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in speech pathology. She then returned to Detroit to care for her ailing mother and to work on a master’s degree in reading education at Marygrove College.
After teaching elementary students for 15 years, she went to the University of Michigan where she worked with students who were blind and had learning disabilities.
Today she is a homemaker and ordained minister. Before her appointment as pastor of Ward Chapel, she was a licentiate and member of Trinity A.M.E. Church where she was given responsibilities in the church that allowed her to grow as a minister.
She and her husband, Danny, live in Kansas City. They have one daughter, Kimberly, a son-in law, Wilbert, and two granddaughters, Hannah and Haley. The family moved to Kansas in 2006.
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