Burkett serves as new campus minister
Friday, September 14, 2007
By Kristin Cumbie
Evan Burkett enjoys being around college students, but he never thought he would make a career out of spending time with them. Burkett recently accepted the position of campus minister at Edmond church of Christ.
Burkett said both he and his wife, Rachel, have a love for college students, and although he debated taking the position at first, he knows he made the right decision.
“In many ways, it was a natural transition for us,” Burkett said. “God took care of every objection and obstacle I had.”
Burkett and his wife are both Oklahoma Christian University graduates. He graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. After they graduated, the couple taught English and did mission work in Japan from 1991 to 1993.
Upon returning to the United States Burkett started an insurance agency where he worked for the last 14 years before recently selling it.
For the past eight years he also worked with the Edmond church of Christ as the campus ministry deacon.
“It is an interesting transition from industry to ministry,” Burkett said.
The transition to campus minster came in late July when the previous campus minster, Brent Nichols, stepped down so that he and his wife, Jill, could focus on fund raising and training for their mission team’s departure to Niteroi, Brazil next year.
“When Evan knew he might be taking the position, he began looking for students on the last Mexico trip,” junior, Ny Potter, said. “This is kind of when I was chosen to work with him as an intern.”
Burkett stressed the emphasis of this being a student-led ministry and how much student leadership development is encouraged.
“We want to be a ministry of students, for students,” Burkett said.
There are currently four students from Oklahoma Christian that are working with Burkett. Junior, Ny Potter, seniors, Jenny Gray and Jeremy Roberts, and sophomore, Patrick Rayner recently joined the campus ministry as interns.
“We are doing a lot of new exciting things,” Rayner said. “We really want to grow and reach a lot of people.”
The campus ministry at Edmond is made up of approximately 150 students from Oklahoma Christian, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City and local vocational and technology campuses. Burkett said their main focus is Oklahoma Christian, which is where the majority of the students are located.
“Evan is doing a great job. He has tons good ideas,” Potter said. “I am very excited about this year.”
The Edmond campus ministry has new things coming up, including student-led Bible studies in the fall, a “Prayer Partners” program and a mission trip in the spring.
“The Bible studies will be a great way for us to grow,” Rayner said. “It is good for students to get involved by leading.”
Burkett also mentioned that they are working on updating their website which should be up and running soon at http://www.edmondcampusministry.org.