Rev. Y. Trevor Beauford, a product of the Florence, SC county public schools, holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Winthrop University in Rock Hill SC and a Master’s of Divinity from the Howard University School of Divinity. Since Dec 25, 2016, Rev. Beauford has served as Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church in Hartford, CT.
Union Baptist Church is one of Hartford’s oldest and most prestigious churches, recognized as a historical icon in the State of Connecticut.
In the short time that he has been in Hartford, Rev. Beauford has made community service a congregational and personal commitment. Under his leadership, in addition to growing spiritually and in membership, Union continues its weekly Breakfast Ministry and Foodshare programs serving over 3000 families in 2017 with food and support. In the same year, Union inaugurated their “Lean in Weekend” delivering more than 250 box meals to the community (#lunchbag) providing over 100 hours of service over three days.
Rev. Beauford serves as a member of the Hartford Promise Zone education committee, Leadership Greater Hartford, volunteers in Hartford Public Schools and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., currently active with Hartford’s Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter. He is active in the American Baptist Churches USA, American Baptist Churches of Connecticut and served as the National Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the American Baptist Home Mission Society. He is an international leader for the Lott Carey Baptist Convention leading short-term foreign mission experiences as well as a former team leader for the International Youth Department.
Prior to his appointment as Pastor of Union Baptist Church, he served on the Pastoral Leadership Team of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC under the leadership of Dr. Clifford A. Jones. Sr.
As a former schoolteacher, educational consultant, activist, and counselor, Rev. Beauford believes, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ motivates us to not only be spiritually empowered but civically minded. We are called and commissioned to preach the liberation of Jesus Christ for the mind, body, and spirit. There can be no gospel, without social justice; there can be no effective social justice, without the Gospel.”