History was made in Southeastern Conference on July 14, 2018. Lindsay Syeh became the first female pastor to be assigned a church district, and to serve as its senior pastor. She comes to her new assignment with three years experience as the assistant pastor of the Patmos Chapel Church in Winter Park, Fla., under the leadership of Samuel Dade, and later James R. Doggette, D.Min. She was able to hone her skills of preaching and conducting church business, and led admirably before its more than 900 members.
Matriculating at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., was a rich experience for Syeh. The Lord showed her the work that women were doing for Him in the area of pastoral ministry. It was then that she realized God was calling her to that very same ministry. When asked about her first church district, she remarked, “I’m excited to get started, and also curious as to what God has next in store for me.” She firmly believes that God has something great to accomplish in her life.
She realizes that she did not come to this moment alone. There are many individuals who have inspired her. Her mother, Linda Syeh, elder; Hyveth Williams, D.Min.; Rebecca Davis, pastor; Lola Moore-Johnson, pastor; the aforementioned pastors she worked with at Patmos Chapel; and Michael Polite, chaplain. This list is not exhaustive of the countless people who have been an inspiration to her ministry.
She knows how to handle herself. Growing up in Liberty City and Little Haiti in south Florida, has given her backbone and unbounded courage. When she stands tall in the pulpit and speaks with the authority of Heaven and the gift of articulation that she possesses, people listen. After graduating from Oakwood University, Lindsay attended Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Mich. She has had the privilege of traveling the world spreading the Good News of salvation, and expanding the Kingdom of God.
Her greatest desire is to continuously model the Gospel commission as all have been commanded to, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” Matthew 28:19, 20, NIV.
Southeastern | November 2018