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The Rev. Dr. Tony Collins Senior Pastor

Dr. Tony Collins
 
Our senior pastor is an ordained Elder in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was appointed to Burks UMC in 2016. Dr. Collins completed his undergraduate work at Georgia State University, his MDiv from Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and his DMin from Columbia Theological Seminary with honors in sociology of worship. Dr. Tony is a caring presence in our congregation and holds 2 CPE certifications in pastoral care.  Dr. Tony is passionate about worship, about sharing Gods love, and  about working with you in mission.
He leads both worship and pastoral administration at Burks UMC so you can interact with Dr. Tony all around the campus and community. 
 
CONTACT DR COLLINS:
 
pastortony@burks.org
423-536-8840
 
 
 
 
 

The Rev. Bobby Franklin Minister of Congregational Care

Rev. Bobby Franklin
 
Bobby is a retired minister of the Baptist faith, but is a member of Burks UMC and is a faithful caregiver to individuals and families of all ages. Pastor Bobby attended Andrew Baptist College and Seminary, and holds a Masters of Biblical Studies. He is also a CPE Pastoral Care certified counselor.  If you are in need of a kind listener or a meaningful prayer, Rev. Bobby is who you will find by your side! Just give him a phone call and he will do his best to help you out! You may also schedule appointments to meet with Pastor Bobby in times of need. 
 
 
CONTACT REV FRANKLIN:
 
pastorbobby@burks.org
 
423-280-6315
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Casandra Carl Director of Youth Ministry

Mrs. Casandra Karl
 
Casandra is the Director of Youth Ministry at Burks UMC. Casandra brings her background in historic antiquities into her depth of understanding of the Bible and her playfulness as a mother of 3 into her lively and engaging youth ministry. Casandra holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Casandra is active and engaged with the youth of our church and community, and is a full time ministry staff member at Burks UMC. 
 
 
CONTACT CASANDRA KARL:
 
casandra@burks.org
 
423-842-4219
 
 
 

Mrs. Jessica Brackett Director of Children’s Ministry

Mrs. Jessica Brackett
 
Jessica is the Director of Children’s Ministry here at Burks UMC, and she brings energy and joy into our children’s ministry: JAM: Jesus and Me, including weekday and Sunday programming as well as special events here at Burks UMC. Jessica also volunteers with our newest ministry, a rebirth of Young At Heart, a Ministry to Seniors.  Jessica holds a BS in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. You can find Jessica by the happy chatter of children and folks of any age  around her! And certainly by the crafts and fun all about!
 
CONTACT JESSICA BRACKETT: 
 
jessica@burks.org
 
423-842-4219
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Matt Kelly Director of Music Ministry

Mr. Matt Kelly
 
Matt represents all things musical at Burks UMC. He directs the Chancel Choir, leads the Burks Praise Band, supports the accessory music ministries such as Burks Handbells, and contributes to events such as music for special occasions including VBS and Children’s Chapel for Burks CDC. Matt holds a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with an emphasis in instrumental music from Lee University, and teaches trumpet lessons as well as music lessons here at Burks. 
 
CONTACT MATT KELLY:
 
matt@burks.org
 
423-842-4219
 
 

Miss Rachel Collins Director of Media Ministry

 
Miss Rachel Collins
 
If it is technologically based at Burks UMC, you will most likely find Rachel somewhere near by. Rachel oversees media services such as sound, projection, and media marketing for Burks UMC. Rachel brings 5 years of experience in media ministry services, and keeps our electronics humming. She is graduating senior at the University of Tennessee and can’t wait to have that diploma in hand come December.  Rachel plans to continue at Burks UMC and to go on to graduate studies in this field. 
 
CONTACT RACHEL COLLINS:
 
rachel@burks.org
 
423-842-4219
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Laura Wilson Director of Burks Child Development Center and Nursery Services

Mrs. Laura Wilson
 
Laura is like the Pied Piper of Burks UMC, you will find children all around her! Laura is a busy lady managing the Parent’s Morning Out, PreKindergarten Program, and Child Development Center offering full and flex hour child care. Laura also oversees our Nursery Care at Burks UMC for both Sundays and special events. If it is fun and busy, you can be sure that Laura is involved! 
 
 
CONTACT LAURA WILSON:
 
cdc@burks.org
 
423-842-1177
 
 
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Mrs. Linda Warren Burks Business Manager

Mrs. Linda Warren
 
Linda is busy with all the tasks that are required to run the large campus that is Burks UMC. Linda is responsible for bookkeeping, assisting the Trustees with managing the physical plant, and with other tasks associated with the smooth running of Burks as an organization. Linda is a Certified Church Business Manager, and brings that expertise to our congregation. 
 
CONTACT LINDA WARREN:
 
linda@burks.org
 
423-842-4219

Mrs. Celeste Kelly Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Celeste Kelly
 
If you call Burks UMC, you will most likely first speak with Celeste. She is in our front office, and will be happy to greet you there as you enter the building during the week. Celeste is available from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday to handle all kinds of administrative tasks for the staff, manages the Chattanooga Area Food Bank Voucher distribution program, and other assistance to the community. Celeste is always willing to help and greet you with a smile! 
 
 
CONTACT CELESTE KELLY:
 
church@burks.org
 
423-842-4219