First Apostolic Church is blessed to have such a wonderful leadership team. For over 30 years, the Burgess family has lead our church with compassion and solid biblical doctrine.

Our Elder

In 1975, Elder J.E. Burgess came to Carthage to pastor the church that was known then as Carthage Pentecostal Church. For 30 years he and his faithful wife, Sis. Gloria Burgess, led this church to great places in God and in evident growth. In 2006, Elder Burgess endorsed his youngest son as pastor and the church agreed. It was then, at the age of 80, that the Elder semi-retired and chose to stay as Pastor Burgess’ faithful assistant. FAC is blessed to have the elder Burgesses continue as a vital part of the ministry of the church.

Elder and Sis. Burgess’ vast knowledge of Christian living and principles of life is held in high esteem and heeded whenever it is taught by the elders. Old fashioned in content and style, this elder is a very capable and anointed preacher of the Gospel. At least once a week his strong voice is heard proclaiming the same truth he has preached for over 60 years. FAC is abundantly blessed to have Elder and Sis. Burgess happily abiding in Carthage, MS.

Our Pastor

Rev. Joe Burgess, Pastor of FAC, has been a part of this church since the age of seven and has felt the call to remain at FAC and in the city of Carthage. In 1992, Rev. Joe Burgess married Sis. Robin Hair from Lake Charles, LA. They have one daughter, Brooklyn, and one son, Blake. It was made possible in August 2006 for Rev. Joe Burgess to succeed his father as pastor of this great congregation. This family’s greatest desire is to see FAC continue to go and grow from this point forward, reaching souls and being a beacon of truth to the people of Carthage.

The Burgess’ involvement here goes beyond their platform obligations on Sundays and Wednesdays. They are always excited to be a part of all age group activities and often help produce fun times for them all. The people of FAC are thankful and blessed to have another member of the Burgess family to continue the heritage they have cherished for years.