Richard L. Burguet, Pastor
I grew up in Mississippi, went to Mississippi State University and Belhaven College, and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary. Between College and Seminary I married Anne Dodson, and we have four adult children now, three are married and our youngest is a full time student at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I have one grandchild so far… and am hoping that God will soon bless our family with more!
My wife Anne works for The Rafiki Foundation writing and editing curriculum for their Classical Christian Education in ten African nations. She is a mom, a grandmother, a teacher, a writer and a pastor’s wife; each role carrying it’s own special responsibilities.
I have been an ordained Presbyterian Church in America pastor for over thirty years now, and the years seem to have passed so quickly! I have served several churches over the years, starting in my home church, Alta Woods Presbyterian Church, and North Park PCA, both in Jackson. After graduation and ordination I served Second Presbyterian Church Greenville South Carolina, then moved back to Mississippi for a few years at Thomson Memorial PCA in Centreville. From there I planted Golden Isles Presbyterian Church at Saint Simons Island, Georgia, and did church revitilization in Columbia, South Carolina at what is now Rose Hill Presbyterian. We were called to Baltimore, Maryland to Loch Raven PCA to do the same sort of work I did in South Carolina. Anne and I are now here in central Florida, and love living and serving Christ here in Lake County at New Hope!
I have had the opportunity to do a lot of things in life, and to serve Christ and His church in lots of different ways over the years. A few of the more interesting things I have done are serve as Chairman of the Board for the Seaman’s House in Brunswick Georgia where we ministered to seamen who came into the Brunswick port from all over the world. I was also on the Board of Directors for Covenant Christian School, and even served as chairman of that organization for a season while we were in South Carolina. I actively served on the Reformed Youth Ministry board for about twenty five years teaching annually at our Youth Conferences, and helping guide that ministry from the small beginnings we had in Jackson into what RYM is today. I also have collaborated with my friend Ed Eubanks and we have published a tool for parents to use in preparing their children for meaningful church membership called Covenant Disciples Handbook.
My interests include lots of things. I love the outdoors and hunting [read A Pastor Wearing Camo]. I like to do projects around the house (probably because of the sense of closure I get from being able to stand back and say, “Well, that’s done.”) I love black and white photography, and perhaps enjoy cooking a little too much! I am attempting to train our two Boykin Spaniels, as well.
If you have read this far in my bio, then maybe the thing you really want to know about me is that I would love to meet you. Come worship with us at New Hope, and introduce yourself to me!
David Kelly, Youth Director
I graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and married my wife Karen in 1996. When we moved to Eustis we joined New Hope Presbyterian Church and began volunteering with the youth.
From 1997 to 2001 I taught at Eustis High School. In 2001 I came on staff as full time youth director at New Hope. Later that year we became parents with the birth of our daughter Katherine and the next year welcomed our son J.T.
I am a member of Southland Student Conferences leadership team. Southland is the Central Florida Presbytery’s Student organization that plans a mid-winter middle school retreat in Ocala, a middle school week of fun and learning in High Springs, Florida for the summer, and a week of great fun and learning for our high school students at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I am also part of Collide – a group of North Lake County youth pastors and volunteers that pray for our students, encourage one another and plan events to reach the lost students of Lake County.
I am pursuing a Master’s of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, and hope one day to be finished!
Some of my favorite activities (outside of youth ministry) are hunting, fishing, and drinking ice cold coca-cola from a Mason jar with raindrop ice (yes, I am addicted)!
I love families and students, but I am most glad that Jesus loves us and allows us to know Him more and more.