Returning soon to Corsicana, Burke Zack will share his journey of faith through his music ministry Nov. 22 through 24 with a free Fall Retreat for all ages at Pentecostal Church of God Campgrounds.
The revival style meetings are geared toward reaching the lost, praying for the sick, and encouraging people in their walk with God.
The Corsicana Daily Sun caught up with Zack to find out what he's been up to since leaving Corsicana and pursuing a life in the ministry.
Tell me a little about yourself and your time growing up in Corsicana.
I was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Corsicana. Growing up in Corsicana was good. I have always loved the people of this town, but like any small town, it can have its challenges. I lived in Corsicana until I was 17, then I left to Savannah, Georgia for college at Savannah College of Art and Design.
What lead you to the ministry and where did you study?
During my first year of college in Savannah, I had a young man preach to me about Jesus Christ. Of course, like many, I believed that I was a Christian because I believed in Jesus, but during that time in my life, I was not living for God. I was convicted as this young man preached the gospel and I knew that God was calling me to change my ways and give my life to Him. I wrestled for about 9 months to make that decision to live for Jesus. Then, on Aug 10, 2007, I fully gave in. It was the most difficult decision in my life, but by far the most rewarding. I knew when I said yes, that I was giving up my life, to follow Christ and do what He wanted.
After saying yes, I began walking the streets of downtown Savannah telling people about Jesus. During this time, I had a mentor who taught me the word of God and got me involved with prison ministry. I would preach in the prisons and see people get touched by the power of God, this lead me to realize I wanted to spend my life directing others to Christ.
After college, I felt impressed to go to Nashville. Upon arriving, I began my own prison ministry downtown. While working multiple jobs, I also began youth pastoring for the church I was in and then pastored our sister church for two and a half years. During this time, I went back to college to get my Master’s in Pastoral and Family Ministry Studies at Lee University.
It has been a journey to arrive at the place I am at today. What I like to remind people of, is that it all started with a “yes” to Christ. Something I believe others can experience as well, if they too will give God their yes.
Where do you currently preach?
Currently, I pastor Church of His Presence in Daphne, Alabama. I pastor the church under the leadership of Pastor John Kilpatrick, who was the leading Pastor of the United States' longest running revival, called The Brownsville Revival. Church of His Presence is also the Church of God TV, which is a worldwide television network. We are broadcasted all over the world, streaming into countless homes each and every week. The church is a thriving body of believers in pursuit of another outpouring of revival.
What is your goal for your ministry?
My goal for ministry is to see people’s lives transformed by the power of God. I seek to help people understand the Bible and grow in their relationship with Jesus. God did not send His Son to die so we could have nice churches and social clubs. God sent His son, so that fallen man could be restored back to right relationship with God, by turning from their sinful ways and coming back to God. God loves people and my job is to preach Jesus, the only way for a person to be saved.
What advice would you give young people interested in entering the ministry?
The greatest piece of advice I can give a young person wanting to enter the ministry is faithfulness and loyalty. Not only faithful to God and His word, but faithful to your church and leaders. I have recently seen God provide me with life changing opportunities, but I believe it was also because I have remained faithful to my pastors and submitted to their leadership. That has not always been easy. As a young minister, you may think you know it all, but God will bring leaders in your life to help you, if you will let them. I love my pastors and mentors who speak into my life. I am thankful that I have not run from them, when they have told me truth that I needed to hear. I believe when young ministers get behind a pastor and help them build their ministry, God will eventually will send people into their lives, to help them build theirs. Ministry is not self-seeking. It is not about becoming some celebrity preacher. It is about building the body of Christ up, until Christ returns.
Nov. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.
and Nov. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
at Pentecostal Church of God Campgrounds
3521 N. Business 45, Corsicana
The event is free and open to all ages