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Eldress Brenda Sutton

Eldress Brenda Sutton is one of the servant leaders at the McLean Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Bunnlevel, North Carolina.  Her husband, Bishop Benjamin Sutton, serves as Pastor.  

In 2006, Eldress Sutton finally acknowledged the word from God that it was good that she was a prayer warrior, and that a greeting card ministry was an excellent instrument to encourage His people, but He had anointed her to preach the Gospel! She said yes, Lord, and on Sunday, January 28, 2007, preached her introductory sermon. Cape Fear Conference B of The United American Free Will Baptist Denomination, Inc. Ordained her as an Elder (now Eldress) in November 2009.

Her greatest joy in life is serving God and ministering to His people with Excellence! She wants YOU to know this:   no matter what your station in life is, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God can use you when you come to know His Son, Jesus Christ as your Savior!  Eldress Sutton truly knows that without God, she is nothing and can have nothing. She is thankful to God that one day He opened up this truth to her: “It’s not about her, but it is about lifting Jesus up from the earth, that He may draw all men to him.” As she ponders the wonders of God in her life, a portion of one of her favorite Scripture verses comes to mind: “Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits”.  Eldress Sutton believes fervently in the power of prayer and is an anointed prayer warrior.

She is a graduate of Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Accounting.  She received the Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education Degrees from Apex School of Theology, Durham, N. C. Brenda is a She Speaks graduate, has a Certificate of Completion as a Faith and Health Ambassador, and is certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid USA. She has served on the Board of the East Carolina School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington, NC.


She is retired after 26 years from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and retired again after 11 years with the non profit organization EC Canada & Associates.  Eldress Sutton believes that she was born to make an extraordinary contribution to the world, and as a result of that belief, she has a strong desire to help others.  As a servant leader at “The Chapel”, she serves in the following ministries:  Ministerial, Christian Education, Health, KIDS Church, Publications, Women’s Fellowship.  In 2010, she was prompted by the Holy Spirit to start a noon-day Bible Study for Women.  With the blessing of the Pastor, At the Table began in March of that year, and continues two Wednesdays each month. As part of the Cape Conference B, United American Free Will Baptist, Inc., she serves on the Christian Education Ministry, Conference Choir, and was appointed this year to lead the Eldress Fellowship Ministry. 

Health and wellness are one of her passions, and she enjoys healthy eating, working out and walking.  She and Bishop Sutton reside in Fayetteville, N. C. where they are enjoying trying their hand at gardening (this year friends in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Maryland enjoyed collards and cabbage).  They are the parents of three daughters and one son –Lisa, Camille, Meagan and Austin.  They have two grandsons, Nigel and Ace; one granddaughter, Camille; and one great granddaughter, Arya.

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