Rev. Dr. L Ronald Durham: A Life of Service and Faith
Rev Dr L Ronald Durham, born on August 20, 1950, in Passaic, New Jersey, is a devoted husband to Maureen Durham and a proud father of three daughters—Natasha, Jocelyn, and Colleen. With Bryan, Briana, Brielle, and Tyler as his grandchildren, family remains at the heart of his life.
His educational journey led to a Doctor of Pastoral Studies from Evangel Christian University, a Doctor of Sacred Divinity from American Bible Institute, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Bethune Cookman University.
Beyond academia, Dr. Durham finds joy in fishing, traveling, preaching, teaching, and writing. As the Community Relations Manager for the City of Daytona Beach, he oversees Daytona Beach Radio broadcasts and produces videos highlighting city officials.
Who would have thought that a young boy growing up in Passaic, New Jersey a small town that most people have never heard of would have been able to do many of the things I've been blessed to achieve in life
Throughout his career, Dr. Durham achieved milestones such as founding the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance and giving the opening prayer at the Daytona 500. He led the construction of Friendship Academy, a childcare center, and served on boards, including the Halifax Hospital Board and the Civil Rights Commission.
Looking ahead, Dr. Durham aims to inspire through book writing and global Gospel preaching. Despite challenges, like storms during Friendship Academy's construction, his resilience prevailed. He emphasizes the importance of staying true to one's calling.
His community involvement includes aiding the First Step Shelter completion and comforting citizens as a chaplain. Few know he did business with Donald J. Trump in 1988 and worked with athletes like Joe DiMaggio.
Reflecting on his journey, Dr. Durham is grateful for opportunities, showcasing the power of faith, service, and unwavering commitment to his calling.
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