Newsletter July/August 2023
Hamilton United Methodist Church
Pastor: Jerry L, Burghduff Office: 260-488-2803
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org July/August 2023
Jerry is a resident of Rome City, Indiana. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1996 after a distinguished military career of 26 years as a Combat Medical Specialist, Practical Nurse, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Chief Wardmaster and Command Sergeant Major. He graduated as an honor graduate from the Army's Practical Nurse Course at Ft Bragg, NC in 1973. He subsequently served in multiple challenging assignments throughout the world. In 1996 Jerry was inducted as a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit for his outstanding contributions to military medicine.
Jerry retired from a second career in 2014 where he worked for 17 years at Lutheran Life Villages, in Kendallville, Indiana. There he worked as the 2nd Shift Charge Nurse was very happy with his role as a nursing supervisor providing compassionate care and services to the elderly. In 2007, Jerry was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the state’s professional regulatory agency where he served as secretary, vice president and two terms as President of the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
He served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and deployed as a Nursing Supervisor to Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita in Louisiana in 2005. Additionally he performed duties as a liaison for the Red Cross’s Service to the Armed Forces and conducted pre and post deployment briefings for mobilizing service men and women and their families throughout northeastern Indiana. During this period, he served as a trained Red Cross Instructor and taught many disaster services classes in the Ft Wayne area.
After his retirement in 2014, Jerry entered ministry was appointed to serve as pastor of the West Point Trinity and Etna United Methodist Churches in northern Whitley County where he served for three years. In 2017, he was appointed and served as pastor at the Rome City and Brimfield United Methodist Churches for the past six years. He attended and completed a 5 year Course of Study at United Theological Seminary. Jerry is active in District and Conference activities and has taught numerous classes for the Northeast District Lay Academy. Jerry is also active in the Northern Indiana and Michiana Emmaus Communities and has served as clergy on several Emmaus Walks and Chrysalis Flights.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing music and gardening. Jerry and his wife Barbara of 51 years (now deceased), have two children and four grandchildren and 3 great children.