Garland Mark Burgess and his family have been members of Temple Baptist Church in Powell, TN since 2006. Mr. and Mrs. Burgess have four adult children and three grandchildren. Mrs. Burgess is an RN and a Health Care Director with a local Knoxville company and has been in nursing for over twenty-seven years. Since 2006, Brother Burgess has authored several books dealing with a range of topics from addiction recovery to business and the economy.
Prior to being called to preach, Brother Burgess served in various church ministries as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Music Director, Youth Director, and Bus Worker. Mrs. Burgess has served as Organist, Pianist, and Sunday School Teacher. Brother Burgess was called to preach in 2001, while a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina, and surrendered to full-time ministry the following year.
In 1978 to 1981 Brother Burgess had the privilege to work, travel and sing with the late, Evangelist Lester Roloff. He again served there for over a year as the Director of both the Lighthouse and City of Refuge homes for men in Corpus Christi, Texas, starting in 2002, at which time he re-opened the City of Refuge Home for men. He has worked most recently as the Director of Our Master's Camp, a Residential, Addiction Recovery Ministry where he directed and administered the program from organizational conception to operation; developing curriculum guides, program procedures, promotional material, and standards of practice. He has also worked in other ministries including the Victory Home for Men in Pickens, SC, Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and ACE School of Tomorrow Headquarters in Lewisville, TX.
Brother Burgess served eight years in the US ARMY Reserve Signal Corps, with specialty skills in multi-channel, microwave, and satellite communications, where he received a commendation for meritorious completion of training in the US ARMY Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia, graduating top of his class as "Distinguished Graduate." He has successfully held management positions with both ADT Security Services as Operations Manager, and BellSouth Telecommunications as Network Manager. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Bible, and a Master of Ministry (Summa Cum Laude 4.0), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Education, planning to graduate May 2012. Mr. Burgess is a Minister, Author, Educator, and Business Owner.