MONROE, NC, August 09, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Brenda Luvenia Hopkins with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Hopkins celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Splitting her career between education and the ministry, Dr. Hopkins long harbored the desire to teach, resulting in a successful professional journey that began to take shape in 1973, when she was hired to join the faculty at Johnson Junior High School in Washington. Ten years later, she taught abroad in Benin, West Africa, at the College of Moyen General Enseignement and Benin University. Returning to the states in 1987, Dr. Hopkins accepted a position at Union County Public School in Monroe, North Carolina, as both a teacher and minister. She later served in various capacities at other institutions and, since 2003, has been a minister, counselor and assistant pastor.
During the course of her exemplary career, Dr. Hopkins seized upon the chance to serve as a chaplain at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monroe from 1987 to 1996. She also distinguished herself as both a chaplain and counselor at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois, in 2001, and the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove, Illinois, in 2003. However, Dr. Hopkins' most rewarding opportunity was the success of a partnership grant that she wrote in Benin, West Africa, to build a school for disadvantaged students during 1983 and 1985.
Dr. Hopkins came of age learning the value of ministry work from her father, who was a deacon. Meanwhile, her mother was involved as a missionary and devoted much of her time to community contributions. Both she and her seven siblings were always taught to do the right thing and seek forgiveness when they made mistakes. Fortunate to have such loving and compassionate parents, one of Dr. Hopkins' sisters also went into ministry and is presently a co-pastor at a local church with her husband.
A dedicated civic advocate, Dr. Hopkins most notably volunteered in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, for 3 ½ years between 1983 and 1985. During her time there, she developed deep ties to the country and even adopted two daughters from Africa. She aspires to go back and visit in the future. Dr. Hopkins also hopes to travel elsewhere and begin writing books. Having traveled to Jerusalem, Germany, Rio de Janeiro, England, Mexico for study and missions to continue to exchange concepts and ideas with people of other cultures.
Dr. Hopkins received a Bachelor of Arts at North Carolina Central University in 1973, a Master of Arts at Wingate University in 1989, and an Education Specialist degree at Michigan State University in 2000. Continuing her studies, she branched out by acquiring a Master of Divinity at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003 and a Doctor of Philosophy in ministry at the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2005, where she continues to take ongoing postgraduate courses. Dr. Hopkins is aligned with several professional organizations, including the Zion Ministerial Alliance where she has been a secretary, adult Bible teacher and conference speaker from 1987 to the present. She is also a former scholar of the Wayne E. Oates Institute, a life scholar of the Writers' Society and a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as well as a life member of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators.
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