Our Leaders

Pastor Patricia and Bishop RJ Burt

The Burts

Pastor Patricia and Bishop RJ Burt have been married for 32 years. They are the proud parents of 5 children and a host of grandchildren and Godchildren. Both Pastor Pat and Bishop Burt believe in the value of family, and when not doing ministry work are focused on family life. 

Bishop and Pastor Pat met in ministry, and continue to work in ministry together. Bishop Burt serves as Senior Pastor of Greater New Birth Church and Presiding Prelate of Grace International Fellowship, and Pastor Pat leads the Intercessory Prayer and Altar Workers, and area vital to ministry. 

In their downtime, Bishop Burt and Pastor Pat enjoy spending quality time together and with family, including taking drives together, watching a movie, and getting to know each other again. They believe in keeping God first in their marriage, and are proof that a marriage built on a solid Godly foundation is one built to last. 

R.J. Burt

Bishop R.J. Burt, Sr. was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he currently resides. Bishop Burt is a lifelong learner; he has earned certification for various studies from Moody Bible Institute and a plethora of conferences. Bishop Burt attended the prestigious Marquette University from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and he also holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Logos Christian College. 

In 1990, this great man of God was installed as Pastor of Greater New Birth Church where he continues to serve as Senior Pastor. Under his leadership, Greater New Birth Church provides training to youth and adults in various areas of leadership and outreach ministries that address many social skills in the community, a 6 -module ministers-in-training curriculum, and a staff of more than 120 ministers.

Greater New Birth Church is currently in the fourth and final phase of a multi-million dollar project. This project includes new sanctuary, a family life center equipped with classrooms and recreational space, economic development opportunities and outreach efforts. God’s divine will and Bishop Burt’s leadership have made it possible for Greater New Birth Church to bring God’s vision to reality with no outstanding debt attached to the project. 


Bishop Burt not only serves as pastor to Greater New Birth Church, but travels worldwide preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an effort to serve the Body of Christ. He is committed to preaching a message of spiritual, educational and economic empowerment. Bishop Burt believes that “wherever there is an air of expectancy and an aroma of faith, God will do great things.”

In June of 1999, Bishop Burt was consecrated to the office of International Presiding Prelate of Grace International Fellowship (GIF), a training and support ground for pastors and congregations, of which he is the founder. Bishop Burt has a heart for pastors and has dedicated a substantial portion of his ministry time and effort toward shepherding Shepherds. 

Bishop Burt is also community sensitive. In addition to the ministerial duties of Greater New Birth Church and Grace International Fellowship, he has served on several community and private organizational boards. Bishop Burt has served on the Board of Directors for TranCenter for Youth, Inc., Hands OFF God’s Property Coalition, the Clergy Amani Association, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Economic Development Commissions. He is also a founding board member of CEO Leadership Academy, now known as Milwaukee Collegiate Academy. Along with all of these things, he is a husband, father and grandfather, working diligently in the service of the Lord with his wife, Pastor Patricia Burt.

Pastor Patricia Burt is a Pastor and the First Lady of Greater New Birth Church. She has been married to her husband, Bishop R.J. Burt, for over 30 years. Together they have five children and a host of grandchildren.

Pastor Patricia also has a number of Godchildren. She is extremely family oriented and takes much pride in her role as wife, mother, grandmother and Godmother. 

Pastor Patricia is passionate about serving God in a spirit of excellence. As a ministry leader, Pastor Patricia only accepts the best and leads in a way that makes reaching excellence not only attainable, but the model. Her soft-spoken, pleasant personality makes her approachable, and her relationship with God is evident through her presence. She enjoys working with people, and focuses her ministry on children, mentoring young women and counseling the wives of Pastors. This great woman of God has ministered to women from all walks of life. She is adamant about the Godly appearance of a woman in and outside of the church, and believes that a woman’s heart should appear just as Christ-like as her outward appearance. From counseling, praying laughing and crying to mothering, being a sister, daughter, friend, Godmother and most of all a loving wife, she positively impacts all who meet her.

Pastor Patricia Burt

Her spiritual gifts include warring in prayer, anointed singing and administration. Her hobbies are working on the computer and sewing.

Pastor Patricia acknowledged her call into ministry over 15 years ago. On September 25, 2005, First Lady Burt became Pastor Patricia Burt. It is with great excitement that those who love her were able to witness her move into greater manifestation of the power of God that rests in her life. 

Pastor Patricia works diligently in ministry at Greater New Birth Church as First Lady and Pastor of Intercessory Prayer and Altar Workers, and her presence brings with it an air of excellence,  virtuous womanhood and Godliness.