MIN. JOHN-ANTHONY BURCHALL
John-Anthony Burchall, was born in Bermuda. He accepted the call of God January 22, 2005 as he took care of a church member who was severely ill in hospital. In August 2006 he resigned his job as a speechwriter and public affairs officer with the Government of Bermuda and enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Howard University where he graduated in May 2009.
Currently, he is pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education at Georgetown University Hospital and he aspires to be a CPE Supervisor / Director of Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a hospital or hospice. Minister Burchall is married to Leondra, a native of Youngstown, Ohio and they are the parents of three teenage children aged 17, 15 and 13.
Prior to the call to Ministry, Minister Burchall worked as a senior reporter for The Royal Gazette newspaper, Senior Writer for RG Magazine, and briefly as a junior broker in the Property Insurance Department of Marsh Global Broking (Bermuda) Ltd., before he joined the Bermuda Government in the Department of Communication and Information in March 2002. Minister Burchall also worked as an EMT for the Bermuda Hospitals Board for 10 years and served as a Lieutenant for the Bermuda Regiment (National Guard) for eight years. He led a platoon of soldiers on overseas assignments at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; with the First Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, Warminister, England and with the Second Battalion Jamaican Defence Force, Port Antonio, Jamaica.
A keen fitness enthusiast Minister Burchall has competed in many half marathons and 10k and 5k road races and is a qualified Madd Dog Spinning Instructor at Gold’s Gym, Chantilly Virginia. He also holds a first degree Black belt in the Japanese marital art of JuJitsu and a Brown belt in Judo. He has participated in full contact martial arts tournaments in the United States and Canada and Bermuda. He was the co-owner and chief instructor for the Bermuda Combat JuJitsu Academy for three years.
Minister Burchall has a heart for people and counts it a deep and abiding privilege to share the bumpy and unpredictable journey with men, women and children as they navigate the valleys and plateaus of illness and suffering. He marvels at the depth and power of the human-divine connection which sometimes manifests itself in these encounters.
At Covenant Baptist Church Minister Burchall works with the Christian Education team where he shares the responsibility for leading the “Struggling with Scripture” series.