- David Michel
church planter, religious leader, and educator, was born to Elenise Zama Vedrine, a housewife, and Sauveur Vedrine, a tailor, in L'Asile, Haiti. Vedrine, the second of seven children, received his early education in L'Asile and later completed law school in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. In 1967 Vedrine, who had joined the Baptist church in 1955, immigrated to Texas in order to pursue theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Vedrine chose this nondenominational seminary because of its emphasis on Biblical languages and its evangelical theology. Four years later he was awarded the ThM. In 1972Vedrine married Emmeline Fougy a social worker with whom he had five children He initially intended to return to Haiti after seminary but his plan was curtailed when he was unable to raise funds to go back home After preaching in New York City he was much encouraged ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.