Rev. Dr. Lorenza R. 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’s 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.
His professional military education includes: Marriage and Family Counseling training, West Lake Village, CA., Ministry to Chaplains, Phase I, Scottsdale, AZ., Lieutenants Professional and Development Course, Torrejon AB, Spain, Advance Training in Homiletics, Ministry to Aids Patients, Minority Issues, Singles Ministry, and Prayer/Meditation, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. He completed the Air Force Chaplains Orientation Course, the Air Force Officers Orientation Course, the Chaplains Intermediate Course, and Academic Instructor School, all at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. He completed Squadrons Officers School by Correspondence.
Dr. Meekins was retired honorably from active duty on January 1st, 2000, in the grade of Major.
In October of 1999, he was appointed the 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.
Dr. Meekins is an ordained Deacon and Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Dr. Meekins has traveled extensively the world over, including our “Mother Land” Africa. He is married to the former Helena Faye Dobbins, of Selma, NC, who he affectionately refers too as “my Helena”.