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January 2, 2014
By Leigh Pritchett
Hunter Street Baptist Church, Birmingham
Birmingham Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: 1 Peter 3:15
Favorite Hymn: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
Hobbies: Kayaking, hiking and playing trumpet
Family Status: Married for 13 years to Holly; two children: Ben and Emily
Matthew Burford, 37, is president and founder of Tactical Faith, a nonprofit organization (www.tacticalfaith.com). The focus of Tactical Faith is to foster apologetics. Donations are used to offset the cost of bringing reputable speakers on various topics to churches, schools and other venues. In its three years, Tactical Faith, which is run by volunteers, has sponsored 28 events. Burford has received degrees from the University of Alabama and Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham. He is pursuing a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: My father and mother. I became a Christian at the age of 6.
Q: When and how were you led into this ministry?
A: Under the leadership of Jay Wolf (at First Baptist Church, Montgomery, in Montgomery Baptist Association) with the acknowledgement that God was leading me to help the Christian church. That was in 2009, leading me into the ministry I’m in now. I was officially called in ’97. That came from a realization that God was calling me to serve His church. That was when I was in college, at my home church of First Baptist Church, Saks (in Calhoun Baptist Association).
Q: What does this ministry demand?
A: It forces the Christian church, especially Baptists, to think reasonably about their faith in order to evangelize more effectively in an ever-changing culture.
Q: What do you get from this ministry?
A: The friendships that I have created — the pastors and laypeople. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people throughout the Southeast. God has given me new Christian friends with the same desire that I do to further apologetics.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: I’ve had, since the beginning, emotional and spiritual support.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: We started as three guys in a barbecue joint in Birmingham. We are now 60-plus people. I feel like my place in the ministry is to lead and to vision-cast and to get apologetics into the churches here in the Southeast.
Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?
A: It gives me the experience to provide spiritual leadership.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: It’s hard to put that into simple words. He has been the grounding and foundation for me. He took me early and I accepted Him early. He has always been with me.