As a minister and medical doctor, Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett is a strong advocate of ‘holistic health,’ a concept that embodies physical, psychological, social, economic, and spiritual health. Rev. Dr. Burnett was ordained Itinerant Elder in September 1995 in the Columbia Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church by Bishop John Hurst Adams. Her most recent pastoral appointment came in November 2010 to New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Dr. Burnett points out that, “New Bethel is a ministry on the move where we minister to and meet the needs of people of all walks of Life.” Through efforts at New Bethel AMEC, there has been backpack giveaways, tutoring for youth, homework assistance, and community block parties that create an atmosphere for fun and unity while providing education on a variety of topics and health screenings.
As an active participant in the Willow Grove community, Rev. Dr. Burmett serves as the Moderator of the Willow Grove Ministerial Alliance and is a member of the Montgomery County Youth Aid Panel assigned to one of the Abington Township Police Department panels. She helped to organize the first community Gun Buyback program in cooperation with the Abington Police Department.
Rev. Dr. Burnett also serves as the Medical Director of the Connectional Health Commission of the A.M.E. Church, which, among other tasks, helps the denomination understand health as an integral part of the faith of the Christian Church, seeks to make the denomination a healing faith community, and promotes the health concerns of members of the A.M.E. Church and surrounding communities.
Rev. Dr. Burnett sees the faith-based community as a powerful emissary of this form of healing. She views faith-based organizations as specifically empowered to create this possibility and has put the power of her commitment into support their efforts. As the Chairperson of the Willow Grove Chapter of the NAACP Health Committee, she is responsible for providing health education and promotion materials to its membership.
She is a zealot in obtaining her credentials. She received a B A in Psychology from York College of the City University of New York in 1981, then undertook postgraduate studies in 1983 at Queens College of CUNY and obtained her M.D.in 1987 from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Dr. Burnett completed her Internal Medicine internship and medical residency at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1990. Ten years later, she obtained a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Morehouse School of Medicine as well as an MDiv from Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center both in Atlanta. She continues to seek continuing education credits in medicine, public health, and ministry. She is also Board Certified in Health Care Quality Management with subspecialty certification as a Physician Advisor.
Rev. Dr. Burnett is the recipient of many awards, including the A.M.E. Church Women in Ministry Jarena Lee Award and the Abington Township Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award. On February 8, 2016, she was inducted into the Turner Theological Seminary Henry McNeal Turner Hall of Fame.
Above all, Dr. Miriam Burnett is a person focused upon service with compassion, work with excellence, and love without bias.