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Charlene Faison work with science on the job, church at home

STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff | 3/29/2012, 11:38 p.m.
"I always felt that my calling in my life was to be helpful," said Charlene...
Charlene Faison work with science on the job, church at home

You could say faith is a significant part of Faison's life and you wouldn't be off base at all. In fact, you'd be just on the money. Faison is currently enrolled in the doctor of ministry program at the New York Theological Seminary, where she's already received a Master of Divinity degree.

"I guess I always had faith," said Faison. "And being a person of faith, I felt that I was committed not only to doing something in the church to help people, but in whatever occupation I had, it would be something helpful."

As a mother and a wife whose husband, John Faison, was also called to the church after retiring from the New York City Police Department, Faison is learning lessons and teaching lessons at the same time. When asked about the debate between faith and religion and how it affects her personally, Faison stated her opinions in a direct, matter-of-fact manner.

"I don't have a problem with science and religion because, to me, God is first," she said. "God created the earth, the heavens, and he created humankind. And he gave us everything we have, including intellectual ability. He wants us to have the very best, and science is the way to have the very best. We can cure diseases. We can use it to have nuclear power and make life easier and better for humankind.

"When you're called to a higher work, it requires higher preparation."

Looks like she's been preparing her whole life, and it has paid off.