Rev. Obbie Burns


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The Bio Of Our Pastor

1 Corinthians 9:16

“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me;

yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

Rev. Obbie L. Burns was born in Bainbridge, Georgia to the late Deacon and Mrs. David Gene Burns, Sr.

He is a twin and they are the youngest of eleven (11) children. As a youth he was an active part of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Bainbridge, Georgia. At the age of 12 years old he made a public confession, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and was baptized.

He completed his early childhood education and secondary studies in Bainbridge. In 1969, being in divine order he was led to Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. There he met and dated his wife, Velderia Smith of Hastings, Florida while earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Following graduation from Bethune-Cookman, they were joined in holy matrimony on July 3, 1976 and resided in Jacksonville, Florida for nine years. During his tenure in Jacksonville, Rev. Burns worked with several insurance companies and CSX Railroad as a Computer Programmer Analyst. To this union two children were born, Julian Xavier and Dana Monique, both are graduates of Bethune-Cookman College. He and his family continued their spiritual growth in Jacksonville at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in the Sweet Water Community.

In 1985, new job opportunities at Equifax, Inc. initiated the family’s moved to the Atlanta area. After a short search for a church home, the family united with Beulah Missionary Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia.

Rev. Burns said, “The Lord had been speaking to me for many years and I wrestled with HIM for just as many, but we all can see who won”. It was not until February 1992, he accepted the call to preach. He states, “The call was unmistakable. It was more than an urge; it was a summons, a desire, and a burden from which relief would come only by consenting to obey the Lord”. At the encouragement and opportunity provided by Rev. Black, he preached his first sermon entitled “Don’t Let It Be Too Late”, taken from Luke 16:19-31. He received his license to preach the gospel in February 1992 and was ordained on May 24, 1998 all under the profound leadership of Rev. Jerry D. Black of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church.

He was appointed by Pastor Black in 1993 as Director of the “Marriage Fellowship Ministry” at Beulah. Rev. Burns coupled with his wife worked tirelessly over 15 years with this ministry. He believes that a Christian marriage is to be a positive testimony to the world, unconditional, faithful, exclusive, transparent and sacrificial. Rev. Burns was successful in sharing with couples via workshops, counseling, preaching and teaching the benefits of having a loving relationship God’s way. His Ministry has been shared at various churches throughout Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and New York.

His spiritual growth was enhanced at Beulah via numerous christian education classes, conventions and various biblical institutions of study. He earned a Masters of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from American Intercontinental University.

Rev. Burns has over 25 years management experience in Corporate America , 21 years of development and training in the ministry, 21 years of experience in the United States Air Force Reserves and 20 years experience as an entrepreneur. All his experiences yield to his greatest loves, family and the church. His passion is in studying and sharing God’s word that equips those to endure life’s challenges and to help those who are lost, to find their way to Christ.

Rev. Burns states he has the responsibility to follow the directions as recorded in II Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word: Be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering, and doctrine.

He is a dedicated husband of 35 years, loving father of Julian (Shira) and Dana, and a fun and dependable grandfather to Jordyn and Julian II.

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