The Rev. Dr. Bernadette M. Beckett
Rev. Beckett is a native of Princess Anne, Maryland, raised in the community of Venton. On June 9, 2007, she was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church – The Peninsula-Delaware Conference. In December 2011, Rev. Beckett earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, focusing on Congregational Development, and New Faith Communities.
Her conference and district responsibilities have been: serving as a member of the former Leadership Development Resource Team for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church; is a former member of the Committee on Investigation, and was formerly the Chairperson for the Multiple Point Charge Transformation Task Force. She presently serves as the Campus Minister/Executive Director for Wesley Foundation at Salisbury University since July 2003, and now serves as the first female Pastor of Wesley Temple United Methodist Church. This conference year marks her 17th year of pastoring.
She is married to Carvin G. Beckett, and they have two children, Brandon and Britnie who are twins. They also have six grandchildren Brandon Jr., Jeniyah, Shane Jr., Morgan, Ahmar, and Nathan. They have been raising their nephew Da’Quawn since he was 18 months old and is raising their niece Breayna, DaQuawn’s sister.
Rev. Beckett loves the Lord, loves God’s people, and the Scripture that identifies her journey is found in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Her adage: Pray, Believe, and Watch God Work.