As of August 24, Reverend Chester Burton took over the spiritual leadership of two Anglican Faith parishes, St. John the Baptist in Marsh Harbour and St. Martin in Sandy Point.
Before replacing Rev. Wilish Johnson, Rev. Burton officiated for one year at St. Matthew’s Church in Nassau, two years on Eleuthera, three years on Cat Island and five years on Long Island.
Before his ordination in 2003, Rev. Burton visited North Abaco for two weeks, getting acquainted with his religious vocation, helping Father McKenzie in Treasure Cay, Black Wood, and Crown Haven.
Father Burton lost his wife two years ago, but he has the company of his four-year-old daughter, Chelsey, a kindergarten student at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School.
Besides church service on Sundays at 7 a.m. in Sandy Point and at 11 a.m. in Marsh Harbour, Rev. Burton conducts Bible studies in the two parishes, at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at St. John the Baptist and on Wednesday evening in Sandy Point.
Keeping in stride with his predecessor, the new priest would like to continue to get involved in Youth Ministry. He is the Vice President of the PTA at St. Francis de Sales and as a trained teacher he says that he hopes to be invited to Central Abaco Primary School and Abaco Central High School to speak with the kids.
Hoping to help boys aged 12 to 20, he would like to instill in them discipline and motivation, advising them to eventually turn toward positions in the Defense Force, the Police, or the Rangers. As for girls, he is supportive of the Girls Guide organization, led by teacher Michele Bailey, and would like to get a Big Sister mentor program started.