January 20, 2017

Len and Susette Burdick

Len Burdick – Senior Associate/Worship & Arts pastor

I am the youngest of nine children, born to an Filipino mother and an American father.  I received my degree in psychology from Fredonia State University in New York.  I interned with my home church in Carthage, New York, before taking time to travel as a vocalist and speaker in the Northeast United States.

I moved to Virginia in 1986, and began teaching and leading worship at Word of Life Assembly of God in Springfield, inside the Beltway.  Eventually I became the Worship pastor, and enjoyed over ten years of ministry there.  It is where I met my beautiful future wife, Susette – we were married on July 19, 1997.

We answered the call to Victory Church, (formerly First Assembly of God), where I became the Worship pastor in January of 1997.  Since then, we have become parents to a lovely daughter, Layne Alexis, who was born in 2000.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here in the Shenandoah Valley – our tenure has been filled with incredible spiritual and emotional growth – years shaped by opportunities for leadership, maturity, wisdom, and insight.  I can’t thank God enough for His hand of blessing and grace on our lives, and the wonderful people we have grown to love, appreciate, and work with.

I love music – listening, playing, creating.  I also enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, speaking, and setting goals.

One thing that most people don’t know about me: I am an avid boxing fan – my current favorite fighter is Manny Pacquiao.

One thing that fascinates me: How much more there is to learn and discover about God, the world, and life.

Three people I would like to meet (living or dead):

1. Jesus

2. Muhammad Ali

3. Leonard Bernstein


Food: New York strip steak, feijoada (Brazilian stew), a good burger, and red velvet cake

Snack: Sun Chips and Granny Smith Apples

3 books:

1. The Bible

2. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald

3. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life

Music: Smooth jazz, 70s, 80s, and 90s pop and rock, fusion, impressionism

Place to visit: Australia / West Coast, USA