Our Executive Team

  • Marty baker

    SENIOR PASTOR

    martybaker@burkecommunity.com

    Pastor Marty came to BCC in November of 2008 after spending nineteen years successfully shepherding a church plant in Northern California. Prior to this, he enjoyed a fruitful ministry for three years as a Christian Education & Youth Pastor at a church in the beautiful … and hot … desert south of Tucson, Arizona.  


    Since his early teens, Pastor Marty prepared to be a teacher of the Word of God. Majoring in Religion at Azusa Pacific University with an emphasis in Old Testament (1980), and then securing a Theology Masters Degree in Old Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary (1985), he then sought to finish his education with a Th.D. in Semitics from DTS. God had other plans, however, and through a series of life-changing events, He led him into becoming a pastor/teacher in a local church setting. His goal now? To teach people the ultimate value of knowing, walking, and introducing others to Jesus Christ.  


    Pastor Marty and his wife, Liz, met in 1979 after his parents moved into a new home next to Liz’s parents in San Diego, CA. After leading Liz to a faith relationship with Jesus that summer, they dated and were married in May of 1980. Imagine that … marrying the girl next door. How convenient, especially during the gas crisis. Who says guys don’t plan ahead? They have two grown children they are quite proud of: Nathan (b. 1983) and Amanda (b. 1986). Nathan graduated at the top of his class in college, getting an A.A. in web page design. He now develops and manages several sites, plus he likes his part-time job with the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

     

    Amanda finished dental hygiene school in San Francisco in the summer of 2009. In May of 2010 she married Greg Triplett. Greg has served as the Program Director for Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA and USC. He now enjoys his new leadership role founding a Cru Club on the campus of Sacramento State University, all while he attends Western Evangelical Seminary. Amanda serves alongside him, and she also enjoys her work in the dental field. 

  • Darren Brown

    EXECUTIVE PASTOR/WORSHIP ARTS PASTOR

    darrenbrown@burkecommunity.com

    Darren joined the staff of Burke Community in the fall of 2009, taking on the role of Worship Pastor. In the past 15 years, Darren has served in several churches across the U.S. 


    An accomplished musician and songwriter, Darren has written over 200 songs, some of which we sing regularly here at BCC.  


    Recently, Darren completed his Master's degree in Christian leadership and was selected to serve BCC in the role of Executive Pastor in the fall of 2013. Darren will continue to lead worship for Sunday services while taking on this new role in leadership.


    Some of Darren's Favorites:


    Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 4:10 This is love - not that we love God, but that He loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sin. Also, the whole chapter of Romans 12.


    Favorite Hobbies: Spending time with my family, reading, fantasy football, finding new hole-in-the-wall places to eat, finding "deals", rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, and listening to REALLY loud music in my car.


    Favorite Books: The Dream Giver, The Giving Tree


    Favorite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Everything Pixar, Dead Poet's Society, and pretty much anything by Speilberg.


    Favorite TV Shows: The Blacklist, White Collar, 60 Minutes, American Idol, Duck Dynasty, Shipping Wars, Shark Tank, and of course watching the Cowboys beat the Redskins.


    Favorite Food: Tex-Mex (Unlce Julio's in particular), Blue Bell Ice Cream, Chick-Fil-A, Spring Creek Barbecue.


    Favorite Vacation Spot: Wow, that's a tough one; 2012's road trip to Niagara Falls, through NY to Boston was so fun. So's the beach. In truth, anywhere I get to experience with my family is great to me.


    Things On My Bucket List:

    Visit Europe with Lisa

    Share the stage with Vince Gill or Billy Joel

    Run a marathon

    Play golf at Augusta

    Hold my very own grand child

    Baptize all of my children

    Be a part of some movement of God that is completely unprecedented


    Read more from Darren on his website, www.baldworshipguy.com

  • MICHAEL COFFEY

    ADULT GENERATION PASTOR

    michaelcoffey@burkecommunity.com

    Michael came to Burke Community Church after serving 30 years as an active duty Army Chaplain. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Masters of Theology (Th.M.) degree in 1986 (Pastor Marty was 1 year ahead of him in school). While in the Army he completed his studies for a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (1994). As an Army Chaplain, Michael served with infantry, aviation, combat engineer, medical and other units and had many exciting staff and command Chaplain positions. He finished his military career as the Chief of Staff, US Army Chaplains branch at the Pentagon. 


    He married the love of his life, the former Laura Kronauer, in 1981 and they traveled the world with their three children, Nathan, Meghan, and Jason. When his three children graduated from college and took jobs in the Washington DC area, Michael and Laura decided to retire from the military to their home in Fairfax Station, VA. Shortly after that, he joined the staff of BCC.


    Michael enjoys any time spent with family; visiting historic sites and cultural events in this area; trying to beat Pastor Marty in the number of tulips and other bulbs planted in his yard; and running around the area lakes and trails with his little white dog, Lilly.


    He seeks to know Christ better and to make Him known to others. 

  • MATT WATSON

    NEXT GENERATION/HIGH SCHOOL PASTOR

    mattwatson@burkecommunity.com

    Matt was born and raised in Salem, Virginia, until he moved to Richmond when he was 15 years old. From Virginia, he ventured out into Ohio, where he majored in both Communication Arts and Bible at Cedarville University. It was at Cedarville that he met his beautiful wife Ashley. From Ohio, Matt and Ashley trekked cross-country to Dallas, Texas where Matt got his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.    


    Matt grew up in a casual Christian home, rebelling against anything resembling Christianity. In 9th grade, he attended a summer camp where he was confronted with his sins and the incredible forgiveness found at the cross of Jesus Christ. His life radically changed after that week. He immediately felt a call to ministry with his peers, as he desired to see lives change in the same way his did.  


    Matt has worked in youth ministry ever since that summer in 9th grade. He has a passion in cultivating within students the power in knowing the true God, loving this God, and walking daily in that relationship. He also embraces the vital call for youth ministers to equip parents to disciple their kids.


    In all his free time, Matt loves to spend time with his wife, kids, and Jack Russell, Buster. He was born and raised in a family that loves anything having to do with the Atlanta Braves and Clemson Tigers. He also enjoys playing soccer, basketball, reading, relaxing on the beach, and hanging out with friends.