Our Executive Team

  • Marty baker



    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.

  • Darren Brown



    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 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.