1st Black Deacon, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
Lusinda Warren was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She attended East Baton Rouge Parish schools and completed 2yrs of college. Lusinda is the proud mother of 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She graduated from Westside Vocational Technical School in Plaquemines, LA. where she received her Licensed Practical Nurse and was in the top 5 of her class.
Lusinda worked in the medical field for 30 years plus in nursing homes, local hospitals, private duty, and other healthcare facilities. She retired from Baton Rouge General Hospital after 28 years and was blessed to provide for her family while working at the hospital.
Before retiring from the medical field, she was called to ministry where she was consecrated and became the first black Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church at the Louisiana Conference. In 1997 she became the first black Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church by the Ordination of Order of Deacons. Lusinda strongly feels that her background in the medical field prepared her for the call that God planned in her life to serve people. She believes that servant ministry is a vocation of giving and serving and that it offers up opportunities to bless others. Lusinda’s passion for community service is centered on the elderly. With that passion for serving the community, she took the initiative and became a certified Ombudsman. She was appointed at Broadmoor United Methodist Church as an ordained deacon and became the Minister of Senior Care Residents in residential healthcare and related facilities. This involved her meeting the needs of the elderly community in a holistic manner by assisting them in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, music, reading, and inspirational time. Realizing that many elderly citizens lack technology tools, Lusinda wrote two grants to the Louisiana United Methodist Church to introduce a Mobile Modern Technology project for the elderly that she serves.
Lusinda has been recognized locally and statewide for her community service to others. She received the Sojourner Truth award in 2001 for her contributions as a caring Christian in witness, commitment and courage by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women at the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area nominated her for the WAFB/Capital Area United Way Power of 9 honors because of her devoted service at Charlie’s Place. As a result of this, she is the 2010 Honoree. Lusinda has received numerous other awards and honors for her continued dedication and commitment for working with the elderly in various healthcare facilities, the homeless, and those in need. Additionally, several media articles have been written and published about her service to the community.
Lusinda continues to serve faithfully and share the love of Jesus in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas to the elderly, those with Alzheimer’s, homeless, and others in a variety of settings. She actively volunteers with the Open Air Homeless Ministry and No Place Outreach.