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):
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
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