After a period of recording and performing as a professional musician, Burns Stanfield was ordained in 1991 as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to pastor a congregation in a low-income neighborhood of South Boston. While this church was once near closing, it has since grown substantially and is now a vital community presence. It runs a community arts ministry, a large free summer day program, tutoring ministries, recovery efforts, and more.
Rev. Stanfield also teaches at Harvard Divinity School and Andover Newton Theological School.He continues to write music, perform and record. Family Prayers is a CD of original songs, and a follow-up is forthcoming.
The church’s community commitments have been recognized by the national Presbyterian Church, Harvard University, the South Boston community and the city of Boston.