Leadership Bios

Rev. Dr. Atu O. White

Pastor Atu White is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina. Ordained at the age of 19 in the Fire Baptized Holiness Church, he travels the country spreading a message of life, love, and liberty to a wounded generation.

An honors graduate of Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina (BA in Pastoral Ministry), Pastor White furthered his studies at Howard University earning a Masters of Divinity. In 2011, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA.

A testament to his calling, Pastor White lectures widely in the area of practical theology covering issues related to leadership, church growth and capacity building. He has an expertise in unofficial leadership and is the author of Unofficial Leadership: Perspectives on Church Vitality from Stealth Leaders.

In addition to his academic pursuits, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and numerous civic and professional organizations. An accomplished musician, he plays the piano, saxophone, and percussion instruments.

Pastor White’s ministry spans several denominations. He has served as the Youth Pastor at Israel Metropolitan CME Church, the Minister of Youth and Young Adults at the Paramount Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and as the Youth and Family Pastor at Bethel AME Church in Boston, MA. Given his rich experience and vast study of ministry models, he consults with nonprofit and church organizations throughout the country on how to develop and implement effective youth and family programs.

Currently, he serves as pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Springfield, MA where the Lord is richly blessing and increasing its membership daily. Under his leadership and the prayerful support and labor of the congregation, Mt. Zion is committed to being a place of healing, help, and hope.

He is blissfully married to Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, Chief of Dermatology, practicing at RiverBend Medical Group in Springfield, MA.  Rev. Atu White sincerely believes in the words of Apostle Paul “therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.”

Dr. Yolanda White

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy became a leader in the church at an early age. She served as an usher, choir director, liturgical dancer and Sunday School teacher in her family church, New Life Church for all Souls, all before graduating from high school. In college, she was the President and Director of the American University Gospel Choir and a student leader in religious life on campus. Upon moving to Boston in 2004 for graduate school, she joined Bethel AME Church and immediately got involved as an assistant Sunday School teacher for the teen class. During her dermatology residency, she served as co-director for the Bethel Expression Youth Dance Ministry and a mentor with the Imani Phi Christ ministry for teen girls. She was also one of the founding members of Just A Sister Away, a fellowship of young, Christian professional women in Boston.

Dr. Lenzy is a dermatologist in Springfield, MA. Her research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and investigation of hair loss, scalp disorders and diseases in individuals with skin of color, including those of African American, Hispanic and Asian ancestry. Dr. Lenzy practices a full range of medical dermatology, including a multidisciplinary approach to acne, eczema, skin cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment for benign and malignant growths.

Graduating with top honors, Dr. Lenzy received her medical degree from the University of Maryland, her Master's in Public Service from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Science from American University. She completed her residency in the Boston University/Tufts University Combined Dermatology Residency Program.

Dr. Lenzy has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 15 years. Her background as a hair stylist fueled her passion to focus her career on optimizing care for the hair and scalp from a medical perspective. She collaborates with local hair salon owners to educate stylists on ways to help prevent styling induced hair loss. She has authored numerous articles for academic journals, book chapters and nationally distributed patient education materials. She presented her research at the World Congress for Hair Research in Cairns, Australia, the National Medical Association and the Skin of Color Society.

Dr. Lenzy is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, North American Hair Research Society, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Women's Dermatological Society, the Skin of Color Society and the National Medical Association's Dermatology Section.

Dr. Lenzy is married to the Rev. Dr. Atu O. White, and is the First Lady of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Springfield, MA.


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