Pastor Marty Baker is the Senior Pastor at Burke Community Church in Burke, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He, along with a seasoned, skilled, and spiritually gifted pastoral and lay staff, shepherds a 3,000-member church known for its great worship, powerful and practical biblical teaching, sound apologetics and passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Marty graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1980 with a BA in Religion (Old Testament) and a minor in Greek. He married Liz Saly after graduation, and in August of 1981 he attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he took four years of Greek to secure a Theology Master’s Degree in Greek and New Testament. During his course of studies, he enjoyed Hebrew so much, he changed his degree and received his Theology Master’s Degree in Old Testament (Hebrew) in 1985. The Old Testament/Hebrew department at DTS accepted him as a Ph.D. candidate in 1985, but the autistic needs of his firstborn son eventually caused him to withdraw and become a pastor. In May of 2018 he secured a Doctorate in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary under the leadership of Dr. Norman Geisler.
In addition to shepherding his church, he has enjoyed being on the Vice President’s prayer team for his staff, speaking at the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon in 2014, speaking for chapel at Dallas Theological Seminary, and speaking to Hebrew and Greek classes at DTS concerning the value of biblical languages for Bible study, preaching, and teaching. In the fall of 2018, he will speak with Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, and Chip Ingram at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.