Queens woman becomes first female minister in history of Harlem church

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Queens native Eva Duzant has made history by becoming the first woman in 90 years to be ordained as a minister at her church. The pastor of Southern Baptist Church in Harlem, Reverend Keith Roberson, said he didn’t know why women have never been ordained at Southern Baptist before. Duzant was previously an educator in Far Rockaway Queens. New York Daily News reports:

A Queens woman made history at a Harlem church Sunday night.

That is when Rev. Keith Roberson, pastor of the Southern Baptist Church, and more than a dozen ministers from around the city ordained Cambria Heights resident Eva Duzant.

Duzant is the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the church’s 90 year history.

Southern Baptist Church is located at 12-16 W. 108th St., between Central Park West and Manhattan Ave. and has a membership of about 350. It is not to be confused with the Southern Baptist Convention, a national association of churches.

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