Rev. Stevens Alexander Burrell
was sent by God to Gleaning Baptist Church and was voted to be our Pastor in December of 2007. Rev. Burrell was officially installed as Pastor on March 30, 2008. Pastor Burrell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of church development, church organization and church administration. He immediately began analyzing and restructuring to insure the continued growth and development of the church in the most efficient, cost effective and productive manner. Pastor Burrell’s motto is: “If the Lord needs somebody, here am I Lord, send me.” It is not an uncommon sight to come out to the church on any given day or night and see Pastor Burrell physically laboring to do whatever is necessary to promote the agenda that God has outlined for Gleaning Baptist Church. He always says, “It’s not about me, it’s about the Lord.”
Under the leadership of Pastor Burrell the Deacons, Deaconesses and Trustees Ministries have grown. Pastor Burrell conducted training for the ministries and has taught the new members class for Gleaning’s converts. He restructured Wednesday night Bible Study to include intercessory prayer prior to the actual teaching. Pastor Burrell continually encourages the leadership and lay members to come together on Wednesday nights and to pray corporately for the church and the community. He has restored several of the traditional church celebrations, services and observances such as the Church Anniversary, Homecoming, and Family & Friends Day that have been an integral part of Gleaning Baptist Church’s history. Pastor Burrell believes strongly in fellowshipping among churches and has consistently planned organized events and services to promote Christian fellowship with area churches.
Pastor Burrell has a heart for young people and is genuinely concerned about their future. He was recognized as Outstanding Youth Advocate by Gloucester County and has served in the capacity as a Youth Mentor at Petsworth, Peasley, and Gloucester High Schools. Under his leadership as Pastor of Gleaning, his love for young people has been continual. A dynamic new Youth Church has been created which incorporates Biblical life lessons taught through everyday object lessons. Pastor Burrell has orchestrated youth events such as Game Night, Movie Night, Bowling Lock-Ins, Roller Skating and Youth Outreach Mission Night as well as sponsored several one-day youth trips.
Pastor Burrell strongly believes in the ministry of giving. He can often be seen distributing foods to area churches and the community. Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drives are held and baskets are distributed to people in need throughout the community. Under Pastor Burrell’s leadership, our Good Samaritan Ministry was created and operates every Saturday. It partners with the Needs Network to provide food, clothing and furniture to those in need.
God has abundantly blessed Gleaning Baptist Church through this Man of God and continues to bless us as we seek to do His will. We ultimately give God all the Glory, Praise and Honor for all that has been accomplished through the leadership and members of Gleaning Baptist Church as we establish and achieve all things for his Glory.