DR. LORENZA RICARDO MEEKINS
A native of Richmond, VA., Lorenza Ricardo Meekins, is the second son of Mr. Vincent (deceased) and the Rev. Gladys Meekins. He has three brothers, all who are preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with honors from Livingstone College, Salisbury, N.C., a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling, The School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, A Master of Divinity degree, from the Graduate School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA., and a Doctor of Ministry degree, Howard Divinity School, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
He served as an intern minister at the Hood Temple AME Zion Church, Richmond, Va. He was pastor of the St. Thomas AME Zion Church, Dewitt, VA., and the Patterson Asbury AME Zion Church, Baltimore, MD., where he served for 3 years before entering the Air Force Chaplaincy in March of 1983. Dr. Meekins has traveled extensively the world over, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He retired honorably from active duty on January 1st, 2000, in the grade of Major.
In October of 1999, he was appointed Pastor of the St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Chesapeake, Va. Following a successful pastorate there, he was assigned to the St Paul AME Zion Church in July 2005, where in less than 4 years by the grace of God; he led the congregation to retire a $277,000 mortgage.
On July 3rd, 2011, Dr. Lorenza Ricardo Meekins was appointed Pastor of the Zion Chester A.M.E. Zion Church, Chester, VA. Under Dr. Meekins’ leadership Zion Chester continues to strive to become in the words of Randy Moody, A REAL CHURCH, by following Christ’s mandate to be a beacon of light in the community and winning souls for the Kingdom. We are fulfilling that mandate through being a more loving, praying and giving church. Dr. Meekins is an ordained Deacon and Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.