Pastor Keith H. Burgess
A servant, a visionary, as well as a pleasant, teachable laborer within the local church with a love for God, His Holy Word and His people, who strives to build and maintain Christ-centered relationships. He is a compassionate and dedicated leader when it comes to to helping others succeed. As teacher of the Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, his commitment is to better equip the saints,
as well as the unsaved and the unchurched.
After being invited to a Watch Night Service at Kyle's Temple AME Zion Church in Durham, North Carolina on December 31, 1995, Burgess confessed that Jesus, the Christ was his Lord and personal Savior. After joining the church, Keith H. Burgess became a license minister in 1997. He has served under the Pastoral leadership of the late Rev. B.C. Young, Jr, Kyle's Temple AME Zion Church, Durham, North Carolina(1996-1998)After leaving the ministry for host of health issues(diabetes, cancer, kidney and congestive heart failure), Burgess took some time away from ministry to focus on his health.
After being completely and totally healed from a bout with stage 4 colon cancer, He returned to North Carolina for healing and restoration as he receive care from his former First Lady and widow of his first Pastor, Mrs. Gladys Young.
Over the next few months, he was ready to get back to doing the Kingdom work he was assigned to
On December 31, 2006, 11 years after giving his life to Lord, he joined Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Raleigh, North Carolina where he served as a Associate Minister under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell(He is now the Episcopal Prelate of the Western Conference).(2007-2009). He later moved back to New York and joined Naomi Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Roosevelt, New York, where Rev. Andrew D. Branch, Sr. serves as Pastor.(2009-2011), He then later transferred to Durham African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Bay Shore, New York, where Rev. Leonard Edwards serves as Pastor. (2011-2013).
While serving at Durham African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, I served as the Director of Youth, overseeing nineteen(19) churches and as the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Annual Conference as their Conference Evangelist. He served on the Finance Committee/Steward Boards in his former churches and is a Life Member of the Home & Overseas Missionary Society.
In 2008, The idea of Simon Of Cyrene Ministries became a reality. The "evANGEListic outREACH" Ministry,
which served the community of Raleigh, North Carolina, through Community Soup Kitchens,
Food Pantries, At-Risk Youth Mentoring, Gang Prevention,
Prison Reform and Workforce Development.
In 2015, Simon Of Cyrene Ministries became a registered Federal and State tax exempt 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Organization.
The goal is to build the Simon Of Cyrene Ministry Facility, which will be used to serve in a variety of capacities to Pastor the saved, minister to the unsaved, and evangelize to the unchurched.
Pastor Burgess believes the Kingdom of God should go outside of the four walls of the church and spread
the Gospel of Jesus, the Christ to every one that has a listening ear and a soul
which hungers and thirsts for the Lord Jesus, the Christ.
Pastor Keith H. Burgess also serves as the CEO/Executive Director of the Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, a Federal and State tax exempt 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Organization, which focuses on Domestic Violence Advocacy, Awareness and Intervention, Financial Literacy, Job Readiness and Workforce Development. Pastor also sits on the Advisory Board for the Domestic Violence Advisory Project, in association with the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence
Pastor Burgess is also the CCO of Red Ink Records/Nicklplayedit Muzik Group, an "Edutaintment" production/publishing company,
in association with Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) as well as a mentorship initiative, to guide and assist our youth in various areas of the music business.
Pastor Keith H. Burgess is happily married to the former Ms. Altanya Gerald.
They are the proud parents of 4 children, Torres, Keith Jr., Taevon and Keilah
and the blessed grandparents to Keianni, Jeremiah, Eli and Naomi.