Rev. Brian Burkholder
Other job experience: Former associate pastor in Atlanta; former missionary in Mexico City; former Central America co-director, with Baptist International Missions; former Broward campus pastor, New Testament Baptist Church
Personal: 48. Born in Canton, Ohio. Family: Married to Vickie, a piano teacher. Three children.
The church has been through some tough times - shifting neighborhood, changing pastors, falling rolls. How are you coping with that?
Our passion is to rebuild this ministry. We're up in just about every area: attendance, baptisms, giving. We had a special offering, just under $100,000.
How are you accomplishing that?
We're making a concerted effort to love people and care for them. We're doing a lot of home and hospital visitation. They've been without leadership for several years. Now there's a new leader, and there's excitement and vision. And it's like an avalanche: Once it starts, it builds.
Don't you feel some emotional whiplash as a pastor?
You have to believe God is in control. I had to deal with this 16 years ago, when our daughter Amber was born with cerebral palsy, severely mentally and physically disabled. We decided that God didn't make a mistake with Amber, that she was born in the way God intended. Whatever happens in life, we might not understand, but God's plan is perfect. That's given us a tool to minister to others.
How do you like to relax?
I enjoy golf and reading. I like to lift and run a bit. But I don't get to do any of those things as much as I'd like.
I a football fanatic. My favorite teams are the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Miami Dolphins.
"What About Bob?", with Bill Murray. It's so stupid, I laugh at it over and over.
Selah. I like their harmony. And they're former missionary kids. I can relate to that.
Do you have a hero?