Biography of Dr. Ralph Eugene Burley

Dr. Eugene Burley is a native Floridian. He was born in Mount Dora, Florida. As an adult, he served seven years in the United States Air Force. He spent more than fourteen years as a shepherd at Pleasant Grove Baptist Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York. When he returned to his home of Mount Dora, he served twelve years as Pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church Mount Dora, Florida. At the same time he also ministered at the Chapel in the Park Church near Clermont, Florida.

Dr. Burley has a double Bachelor's degree in Theology and Science from the College of Bible in Nashville, Tennessee and Holly Springs Mississippi. He completed his residence work for his Master's in History for the period of 1845-1865 at Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia. He also has a Double Master's Degree in Divinity and Sacred Theology from New York Theological Seminary. Dr. Burley completed his post graduate studies with an earned Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.

Dr. Burley has also authored "Mount Dora; The Rest of the Story” and "The Need of Education in the African American Pulpit.”