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June 13, 2013

By Christine Kapurch

Jada Pate Burns

Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Remlap
Blount Baptist Association 

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13

Favorite Hymn: “Precious Moments” 

Hobbies: Reading, traveling with
family and online Bible group

Family Status: Married to Bill for 12 years; two children, Harris and Payten

Jada Pate Burns has sung in the church choir since she was 5 years old. She grew up in a musical home where her mother played the piano and she was constantly learning new solos for the church. She now sings with her daughter every Sunday. She also is a Vacation Bible School (VBS) teacher and acting director for the past four years. She previously taught Sunday School. 


Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?

A: My parents always took me to church. I would say they have definitely been the biggest influence (in my faith journey). 

Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?

A: I’ve just always enjoyed singing so it came naturally. My mother played the piano so she was always teaching me new songs. The need to teach was God’s calling for me which is why I recently went back to school for my masters in education. 

Q: What does the ministry demand?

A: To be loving and patient and to always have time for others. 

Q: What do you get from the ministry?

A: Any time you are doing anything for God that in and of itself is a blessing. It could be a child thanking me or my music bringing a tear to someone’s eye. There are immediate and tangible benefits, but there’s nothing like knowing in your heart you are doing it for our Lord. 

Q: How do family members support you?

A: They are all very supportive. The years I’ve been in charge of VBS my husband is always building and helping on creative projects … my husband’s there stapling until midnight. I still attend church with my parents and they encourage me to sing. 

Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?

A: I’ll probably continue to do what I do and see where God leads me. Wherever there is a need I want to try and help in any way I can.

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