In the New Testament, deacons were simply servants who were appointed for to take care of special needs found in the church. Several passages describe their work and qualifications (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6).

Right now, Burns currently is only blessed with one man working in this special role.

John Gabriel

Hello, I’m John Gabriel. I’m a deacon at the Burns Church of Christ where I have worshiped since 1999. I am married to my wonderful wife Kathy who introduced me to Christ after we first met. We have three lovely daughters named Destiny (1996), Kaiya (2000), and Syvanna (2001). You will typically find me either working on something around the house or playing with the girls if I am not at work. I currently work in Nashville for the Treasury Department with the State of Tennessee.

Gabriel FamilyAs a deacon I have been privilege to serve in several capacities. One of the more challenging and rewarding responsibilities is working with benevolence. In addition I help the Treasurer with the financial aspects. One of the things I enjoy is sharing how Christ made a difference in my life. I have been able to do some missionary work to Guyana (several times) and Hatti. Although there is a great feel of accomplishment in traveling to these distant locations and sharing the message of Christ; it is just as rewarding meeting someone from your home town and being able to introduce them to Christ.

One of the things I love most about our congregation at Burns Church of Christ is that they accepted my family and I were we where at that point in our lives. Instead of lifting their noses and pointing out our obvious mistakes in our past, they encouraged us to follow Christ’s example in our daily life. One of my favorite passages is Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Just like everyone else I struggle every day to be the person Christ wants me to be. Whether you have attended “Church” all your life or never have step foot in a Church building I invite you to visit us. One thing I can promise you is that if you are willing Christ can make a difference in your life.