Don and Denise Burns
Don Burns’ experience in sales and marketing spans decades and industries. Throughout his career, he has generated growth through numerous leadership roles including a global marketing position for a $3 billion medical device company where he was responsible for digital marketing and e-commerce for 46 divisions in over 20 countries. Don has led and motivated teams of all sizes and has managed small to multi-million dollar budgets. Don has worked in ministry and with churches in the areas of strategic planning, communications and marketing. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Oklahoma State University. Today, Don is a Realtor, real-estate investor and home builder in Tulsa where he lives with his wife, Denise and their two sons.
Denise Hagin Burns loves kids and teens and is passionate about seeing them develop an authentic relationship with God. Growing up in a minister’s home, Denise has served in various areas of ministry but has always felt called to children and youth. She began full-time ministry in 1993 and has done it all-everything from working in the nursery to pioneering a church, to building a youth facility. She currently serves as Family Ministries Pastor at Rhema Bible Church where she leads a team of amazing people as they minister to babies, children, and teenagers. Denise is a wife, mom of two awesome boys, “puppy parent” of three crazy dogs, college sports fanatic, and a cupcake connoisseur. She loves what she does and is dedicated to leading this young generation to be world changers.
Jerry and Joy Weinzierl
Jerry Weinzierl left the business world and graduated from Rhema Bible Training College, Tulsa, OK. in 1983. He has now been Senior Pastor of Grace Christian Church since May 1984. From that time the congregation has grown from a few families to well over 2500 people and a full-time staff of 30 ministers and support personnel. He serves on the Board of Directors of their 500 student K-12 Christian School. In their state of the art facility located in Sterling Heights, MI you’ll find a successful DayCare, pre-school program and nursery, ministry to elementary children known as ‘Kid Nation’, and the ‘AMP’ Youth for Jr. High and Sr. High. Throughout the week you’ll also find dozens of special focus ‘Life Groups’ meeting in many different locations in and out of the church facility. Pastor Jerry has been a speaker at men’s meetings, marriage conferences, and leadership seminars locally and around the country. A special focus in this season of ministry is to reach out to help/mentor ministers as they seek to fulfill God’s plan for their lives. Part of this is role is accomplished through serving as Regional Director for Rhema Ministerial Organization International, Great Lakes Region.
Joy Weinzierl has assisted her husband, Pastor Jerry Weinzierl in pastoral ministry at Grace Christian Church since May of 1984. Joy loves the work of the church and feels privileged to be part of the team at GCC. She considers herself to be her husband’s number one supporter and her role at the church as a helps ministry to him, whether she worked nursery duty when her children were small to now having opportunity to teach at the weekend adult services and help build the church and grow the Kingdom of God in a variety of ways.
Married since August 1976, Pastors Jerry and Joy have 3 children, all married, and nine beautiful grandchildren.