Our Founders

Pastor Sandy Burkett, Ph.D. has been a full-time pastoral counselor since 1980. She has a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. Her Ph.D. research was on the Restoration of Joy in Victims of Childhood Trauma. As a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (AACC), Dr. Sandy has ministered to those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, cult-related issues, marriages, and those wanting freedom from sexual sins.

In 1987, God released a passion to equip those in churches to counsel the brokenhearted. Dr. Sandy understood that many broken people sought help from their family, friends, church leaders and pastors before they made an appointment with a professional counselor. Thus, BreakThrough Biblical Counseling training was birthed. There have been over 2,000 graduates in the central Ohio area.

Dr. Sandy is a sought-after speaker and minister. She is published and has presented papers at the American Association of Christian Counselors and special conferences on Dissociative Identity Disorder. She teaches or co-teaches many workshops and conferences. The most popular is Free 2B Me (formerly called Healing the Broken Hearted).

 
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Pastor Greg Burkett was employed in the private sector at the ITT Research Center from 1973 through 1986. From there he was employed in management with the City of Columbus until retirement in 2006. During this time, Pastor Greg wrote training materials, served as a School Board member for a Christian school, and held church leadership positions.

Evangelism has always been a passion of Pastor Greg. In the 1980s, he was a National Trainer for Evangelism Explosion.

Greg was a member of the same church where Pastor Sandy was on staff. They married in 1990. United in marriage, his passion to preach and teach was now combined with a passion to minister to those who are broken and to equip believers to reach their full potential in Christ.

He was ordained in 1992 as a teacher then in 1993 as an Apostle and a Pastor through Christian International Network of Churches.

 

Pastor Greg and Dr. Sandy are so abundantly blessed by God. They passionately love each other. Next to their relationship with Jesus Christ, family comes second. As a blended family, they have two sons. They are blessed with two daughter-in-laws, six grandchildren and a Yorkie-Poo named Moose. 

They have ministered throughout the Ukraine in churches, schools, orphanages, business meetings, and seminaries. Through BreakThrough Ministries, they established a church in the city of Balaklya near the Russian border. Since then, the church has birthed many new churches and broadcasts a weekly radio program. Together they helped establish the first School of the Holy Spirit in the city of Dnepropetrovsk with Pastors Maxim and Julia Belousov.

Dr. Sandy and Pastor Greg are ordained as Apostles through Christian International, under the covering of Bishop Bill Hamon. Together their foremost passion is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”

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