@ First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
Ministerial, visionary scholar and spiritual shepherd too many, Rev. Dr. Kregg F. Burris, is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Ohio and Founder of the Cleveland Life Institute. Before coming to Cleveland in 2015, he has served several congregations throughout the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Ohio) specializing in congregational renewal. Dr. Burris passion towards growth in the kingdom can be seen in the continuous expansion of his congregations, including the new construction projects, this includes two new building projects costing over 4 million dollars and major renovations of each of the congregations where he has served. In addition to building, teaching and empowering, he reorganized the governing the board of several congregations and served on Constitutional revision team for the state constitution of the American Baptist Churches of Indiana. While serving in West Virginia, he served on the state board of Budget and Finance Committee and was over the ordination governing board of the Panhandle Association of the WVBC.
A skilled team leader, Rev. Burris has taken an active role within each community in both ecclesiastical and community action programs which including after school programs, early childhood reading, food pantries, leadership development, and serving on the executive board of the Weirton Medical Center, and council of the Bedford Medical Center (now Indiana University Health Center- Bedford, Indiana), Bertha’s Ministries, the Weirton Christian Center. Dr. Burris believe in a balance of spirit, word and action, which can be seen in his numerous mission trips to areas such as, Russia, India, and Mexico. He has inspired students through workshops, retreats and even taught in churches and denominational settings.
He holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston. His doctoral study related to ministry in the era of postmodernism in the contemporary culture of the church. His doctoral thesis was on the identity of congregational life in the midst of the worship wars within the churches of the American Baptist Churches of the USA.
In addition to his service on both local and regional boards of the American Baptist Churches of the USA, he has earned certification in conflict management, premarital and marital counseling, hospice care, leadership, and extensive workshops related to intervention of addiction, depression and suicide.
Rev. Burris has been used as a consultant to church regarding church growth and governing. He has a member of the Cleveland Baptist Association Ministerial Council, and the Minister’s Council of the American Baptist Churches USA.