A native Houstonian, Pastor David C. Burkley is known to many as a down-to-earth preacher with extraordinary gifts in biblical exposition, interpretation and proclamation. Pastor Burkley is a graduate of the University of Houston whereby he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
During the winter of 2005, Pastor Burkley received a calling from God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while serving as an usher at the Higher Dimension Church of Houston, Texas. As a young zealous preacher, God endowed Pastor Burkley with a unique gift to deliver a timeless message to a new generation of believers.
Utilizing his gifts and walking in his newly accepted calling, Pastor Burkley began serving as the Youth Pastor at Higher Dimension, learning the nuances of ministry and equipping himself with the necessary skills that would very soon become vital to his destiny and calling in Christ. During the cultivating phase, Pastor Burkley did not stop at youth ministry but rather God opened doors of opportunity that afforded him the experience of serving as the College Ministry Leader, Young Adult’s Pastor, and ultimately the Singles Pastor for one of the country's premier mega churches.
On January 16, 2010, Pastor Burkley held a meeting at his home to unveil to family and friends the vision God had given him for a new ministry that would be known as the “Fellowship of Faith" or “The SHIP” as it is now more commonly known today.
Our motto at The SHIP is "Modern Ministry, Classic Church." Pastor Burkley believes that the Body of Christ should embrace the move of God today in today's generation while not forsaking the principles of scripture that have kept us "anchored" throughout the course of time.
The Fellowship of Faith's vision is to create an atmosphere where the people of God can assemble to worship, receive biblical instruction, and fellowship with one another in the spirit of love, encouragement, and most of all faith! Pastor Burkley has committed his heart and life to Jesus completely and encourages others to receive the best of our Father's Kingdom and to take the knowledge of His love throughout the world, that all may be a part of our fellowship of faith.
Casondra Burkley is native of Houston, Texas. After graduating from James Madison High School, in 1997 she entered Baylor University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Speech Communications. It was during her sophomore year at Baylor that Casondra realized that God had a calling on her life. Casondra yielded to that call, and after graduation gave a year a half of her life to fulltime ministry with the Impact Movement, which is the sister organization to Campus Crusade for Christ. In 2006 she professed her call to preach the Word of God.
Casondra received her Master of Divinity at George W. Truett Seminary and a Master of Social Work at Baylor University, both in Waco, Texas in 2006. She has a plethora of experience in the field of social work, providing support, counseling, and guidance to children and adults in need. She has over 12 years of experience working as a licensed social worker. She currently serves in the medical field of social work, helping children with special needs. She served as the Executive Pastor at Higher Dimension Church, 2012-2014. She currently serves as the Co-Pastor of Fellowship of Faith Church, under the leadership of her husband Pastor David C. Burkley. They have one beautiful daughter.
Casondra loves writing plays, poetry, motivational speaking, and acting. She has acted in several plays and has graced the stage in numerous programs, banquets, conferences, and retreats. Casondra has offered workshops and seminars around the country. Casondra wrote and directed her first stage play "A Change is Gonna Come" in 2006, which resulted in her being honored by the Mayor of the City of Waco, with "Casondra Brown Day, May 6, 2006. Her love for the arts and speaking guided her in starting her own production company; Don't Wanna Miss Productions (DWMP). In 2016 she authored a book and released her second play, entitled Case Closed, based on her own true story of overcoming childhood poverty and a high school rape.
Birthed from her play and book is her latest development, Conquering the Obstacles of Painful Experiences (C.O.P.E. Inc.), a 501 (c) (3) organization which offers seminars, workshops, therapeutic and social services that assist individuals in taking what seemed to be a negative road block or obstacle in life and using it as a stepping stone to greatness.
Casondra's scripture to live by is Isaiah 6:8 "Also I heard the voice of the Lord. Saying whom shall I send, and whom will go for us? Then said I, Here I am; send me."
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