Since 2012, Burden Ministries, based in Morehead City, North Carolina, has been making trips to Destin to hold special revival services at Emerald Coast Baptist Church, pastored by Tim Braddock.
“(Burden Ministries' founder Adrian Burden) and I were roommates at Pensacola Christian College for two years,” Braddock told The Log. “In addition to preaching revival meetings as an evangelist, he now does international evangelism and is currently in the process of perfecting his Spanish.”
Burden is a missionary/evangelist whose ministry work includes annual mission trips to an orphanage in Honduras, helping local churches in Nicaragua, and preaching revival services in churches across America.
“I am an evangelist, which inherent in its meaning is a ‘proclaimer of the Gospel,’” Burden told The Log. “My passion is to reach as many people as possible in one lifetime for the glory of God — especially those in Spanish speaking places.”
Burden Ministries exists to glorify God through the clear, passionate, worldwide proclamation of the gospel for the purpose of evangelizing the lost, edifying the saints and equipping the body of Christ.
Called to preach at the age of 16, Burden was led to Pensacola Christian College by God at the age of 17 and graduated with an undergraduate degree. He completed his master of biblical exposition in May 2008.
“During my time in college I was a counselor at the Bill Rice Ranch for one summer, and I traveled with a ministry called Truth Alive, which provided invaluable experience for running kids VBS's and also teen rallies,” Burden said. “After graduation, I had $36 in my bank account and I had one meeting in South Dakota for the summer and since then God has provided all of our needs. I do not call churches to introduce our ministry — we depend on the Lord to lay on different pastor's hearts that we could be a blessing and help to their ministry.”
Since that time, God has opened doors for the ministry to do camp work here and overseas, vacation Bible schools, youth campaigns, revivals, mission trips and more. In 2015, he began learning Spanish to have an impact on the Spanish community here and overseas.
Burden’s wife Tabitha and his daughters Jasmine and Janae are invaluable to the ministry.
“Their contributions to the ministry, whether singing or other mission opportunities, is totally voluntary," Burden said. "My wife is my wife, not the leader of ministries or organizations. But she voluntarily is learning Spanish with me to be more effective in Central America.”
“They are some of the most kind, humble, genuine people you will ever meet," Braddock added. "Our folks love it when the Burden’s come into town.”
The Burden’s will be at Emerald Coast Baptist Church, 12273 US Hwy. 98 W in Miramar Beach, at 7 p.m. March 29 and 30 and at both services Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“We are just ordinary people that get the opportunity to do something extraordinary for our Lord,” said Burden.