Bishop R.J. Burt, Sr. & Pastor Patricia Burt

Bishop R.J. Burt, Sr. was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is where he currently resides. Bishop Burt is a lifelong learner; he has earned certification for various studies from Moody Bible Study and Conference classes. Bishop Burt attended the prestigious Marquette University from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Logos Christian College.

In 1990, this great man of God was installed as Pastor of Greater New Birth Church where he continues to serve as Senior Pastor. Under his leadership, Greater New Birth Church provides:

  • Training to youth and adults in various areas of leadership and outreach ministries that address many social skills in the community
  • A 6-module ministers-in-training curriculum
  • A staff of more than 120 ministers
  • A Child Development Day Care Center
  • A multi-million dollar building project that includes a new cathedral, fellowship hall and classrooms

Greater New Birth Church is currently in the third phase of a multi-million dollar Mega Mall project. This includes a new worship edifice, a family-friendly recreational/entertainment center, economic development opportunities and outreach efforts. Bishop Burt’s leadership has made it possible for Greater New Birth Church to bring God’s vision to reality with no debt attached to the project.

Bishop Burt serves not only as pastor to Greater New Birth church, but travels around the world preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an effort to serve the Body of Christ. He is committed to preaching a message of spiritual, educational and economic empowerment. In his own words, Bishop Burt believes that “Wherever there is an air of expectancy and an aroma of faith, God will do great things.”

In June of 1999, Bishop Burt was consecrated to the office of International Presiding Bishop of Grace International Fellowship (GIF), a training and support ground for pastors and congregations, of which he is also the founder. Bishop Burt has a heart for pastors, and has dedicated a substantial portion of his ministry, time and effort toward shepherding Shepherds.

Bishop Burt is also community sensitive. In addition to the ministerial duties for Greater New Birth and Grace International Fellowship, he has served on several community and private organizational Board of Directors. Bishop has served on the Board of Directors for TranCenter for Youth, Inc, an organization committed to meeting the needs of challenged and troubled teens. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Hands OFF God’s Property Coalition, the Clergy Amani Association, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Economic Development Commissions and is a founding board member of CEO High School, now known as Milwaukee Collegiate Academy.

Along with all of these things, he is also a husband, father, and grandfather. He works diligently in the service of the Lord with his wife, Pastor Patricia Burt, and they are the parents of four children. They are also proud grandparents, and have several godchildren.

Pastor Patricia Burt is a Pastor and the First Lady of Greater New Birth Church. She has been married to her husband, Bishop R. J. Burt for over 30 years, and together they have four children and eight grandchildren. Lady Burt also has a number of godchildren. She is extremely family oriented and takes much pride in her role as mother, grandmother and godmother.

Pastor Patricia is passionate about serving God in a spirit of excellence. As a ministry leader, Pastor Patricia only accepts the best, and leads in a way that makes reaching excellence not only attainable, but the model. Her soft-spoken, pleasant personality makes her approachable, and her relationship with God is evident through her prayers. She enjoys working with people, and has ministry moments through interacting with children, mentoring young women and counseling Pastor’s wives. This great woman of God has ministered to women from all walks of life. She is adamant about the Godly appearance of a woman in and outside of church. From counseling, praying, laughing, crying, to mothering, being a sister, a daughter, a friend, a godmother, and most of all being a loving wife she impacts all who meets her.

Her spiritual gifts include warring in prayer, anointed singing and administration. Her hobbies are working on the computer and sewing.

Lady Burt acknowledged her call into the Ministry fifteen years ago. On September 25, 2005, First Lady was installed as Pastor. It is with great excitement that those who love her are able to witness her move into a greater manifestation of the power of God that rests in her life. Those who have known her for years remember her as a saved servant of the Lord.

Pastor Patricia works diligently in ministry at Greater New Birth Church as First Lady, Pastor and a leader in her own right, and her presence brings with it an air of excellence, womanhood, and Godliness.