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Perry Burkholder

My wife, Danielle, and I have been married since 1997. We both grew up in the South and met during our college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where we were involved with campus ministry and youth ministry at our local church, King’s Park International Church.

After being friends for 3 years, we ran a 5 k together and fell in love. We dated for 2 months, got engaged, and got married 5 months later. Whew, that was fast. The good news is that we are still in love and keeping the love alive. We have 4 children: Evan, Justin, Elise, and Jonathan, who are truly the joy of our lives and who truly keep us on our toes. Parenting is not easy, you know.

After spending 14 years in youth & campus ministry, we went to Scotland for 4 years to church plant in the capital of Edinburgh. It was the best & worst of times, yet it was there, in 2009, that God called our family to “come back to America” and lead the Every Nation Church in Seattle. We are deeply humbled by this call and are honored to be able to serve Jesus & His church.

Since being here we have fallen in love with the city of Seattle and it’s people and are very hopeful that we can make a difference in the lives of many people for the years to come.

EDUCATION: UNC-Chapel Hill – B.A. Education- Social Studies/Science; Reformed Theological Seminary – M.A. Theological Studies

LIFE SCRIPTURE: John 15:5-7

INTERESTS AND FAVORITES

PLACES: Seattle and the Northwest- stunningly beautiful! I also like NC beaches, Hawaii, and any place warm!
WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD: U2, Black Eyed Peas, Celtic Worship, Sting, Newsboys, Preaching- Tim Keller, Martin Lloyd Jones.
BOOKS: Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray- changed my life. Grace Works by Dudley Hall, the Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges, and Intimacy with God by Joy Dawson.
SPORTS TEAM: Honestly, I would rather be playing than watching. But if I am going to watch anything, it would have to be the Sounders, Seahawks, UW or my alma mater: UNC Chapel Hill. Go Heels!
MOVIES: Braveheart, Gladiator, Star Wars- all of them, Lord of the Rings, Matrix 1, anything by Bill Murray or Kevin James or Jim Gaffigan- makes me laugh.
HOBBIES: I love to play soccer and sports period. I enjoy dating my wife, playing with my kids, working out, cycling when I can, and learning how to hike and camp properly in the NW.
DISLIKES: Dishonesty. Discord. Disunity.
ODD FACTS: I have been run over by a Three Wheel ATV- which is outlawed. I have also been a vegan and vegetarian before. Been there, done that and still enjoy eating healthy.
BOOK OF THE BIBLE: John