About the Author
Reverend Yelva Burley is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of four daughters. In addition to preaching the gospel, she has passionately served the body of Christ at United Baptist Church in Baltimore under the leadership of Dr. Carl J. Solomon. This servant leader has bloomed where God has planted her, as the Superintendent of Sunday School, Director of Children and Youth, and most recently as the Director of Discipleship. Rev. Burley firmly believes that "A man's gift makes room for him," (Proverbs 18:16a).
She's led workshops and presentations in the community, served on a community development board, and partnered with organizations to improve the quality of education in Baltmore.
Rev. Burley has a B.A. in Liberal Arts/Education and a Masters in Education. In 2010, she published her first book, Speak Life: Devotions For Our Daughters. This literary work has been a source of empowerment and encouragement to girls and women around the world. Her most recent release, Like A Tree helps disciples of Christ stand victoriously through the storms of life. Life A Tree is available now in paperback and eBook.
In 2013 she birthed Speak Life Publishing, LLC to help other Christian authors publish literature that promotes the kingdom of God.
The joys of Rev. Burley's life are her sons, Wendell Jr. and Wesley.