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Pastor Melvin Bufford & First Lady Faye Bufford

Pastor Melvin Bufford & First Lady Faye Bufford

I was born on May 15, 1959 to Tobert & Dezierie Bufford in Laconia, Tennessee.  I started singing at the tender ages of five and became interested in playing the piano a few years later. I have been singing for the Lord practically all my life. I attended the University of Tennessee at Martin for a brief period with a major in Music and I later transferred to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, where I continued my music. Several years later I attended Union University, where I obtained a Master of Divinity Degree, which was one of my biggest accomplishments. I also attended the Southern


Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years. I am the proud father of three beautiful children; Tamariyo Montez Bufford, Tanesha Sharece Bufford Woods, and Damarious Markece Bufford. I am proud and honored to be able to share my gift with my oldest son and daughter who sing along beside me. During my music endeavors, I have released 7 albums and have traveled to various places doing what I love. I have been the Pastor at Mt. Salem Baptist church in Hickory Valley, Tennessee for 24 years.