Pastor Terrance L. Burrell, Sr., M. Div.
Terrance L. Burrell, Sr., pastor of Connor’s Temple Baptist Church in Savannah, GA, was born January 28, 1973, in Mobile, AL. He gives much admiration to his grandmother, Rose Ore Moseby, for rearing him and providing great influence into his becoming the man he is today. He accepted Christ at an early age and has always acknowledged God as being the head of his life.
Rev. Burrell attended Prince of Peace Catholic Church with his grandmother and he later united with Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 in Mobile, where he was baptized. Later, after joining St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile, he was called into the ministry in his late 20s because, he says, God truly had work for him to do. He served as associate minister at St. Peter’s for 10 years and he was a member of the Male Chorus, Bible Study and Sunday School.
Pastor Burrell received his early education in the Mobile County public school system, where he graduated from Williamson High School. He attended Alabama State University, where he was a member of the marching band. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and a master’s degree in divinity from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary (now Faith International University). He also completed a certificate in Effective Black Parenting from the Center for Improvement of Child Caring.
He is a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile, Rev. Cleveland McFarland, Jr., pastor. Rev. Burrell has a passion for young people -- teaching them about Jesus Christ so they will be ready for this present age and teaching them that “everything they need God has for them.”
In 2005, Rev. Burrell was called to pastor Midway Missionary Baptist Church, Theodore, AL, that church’s fourth pastor. During his pastorate there, membership grew substantially and much was accomplished. He revamped all ministries in the church, two associate ministers and two trustees were added and three new deacons were ordained. New ministries were formed, including the New Members Class, Men’s Ministry, Academic Ministry, Angels of Praise Ministry, Steppers Ministry, Adult Women Praise Team and Voices of Praise.
“Be persistent and watch God bring it to pass.”
In December 2012, Rev. Burrell was called as senior pastor for Connor’s Temple Baptist Church in Savannah, GA., the church’s fourth pastor. After more than two decades of ministering and pastoring, God has equipped Rev. Burrell with the tools and armor to be an effective leader.
Since his arrival at Connor’s Temple, Pastor Burrell has restructured several ministries and the debt of the church was minimized. Three new associate ministers have been added to the ministerial staff, four Deacons-in-Training have been added to the Deacons Ministry and a leadership council was established.
In 2015 Pastor Burrell was given a vision for a new edifice, for which the church is in prayer by faith for God to deliver it to serve the members, community, seniors and youth to fulfill needs of the present age.
Under Pastor Burrell’s leadership as CEO of the Con-Ed Resource and Development Center, a pharmacy now serves the community in the building located across the street from Connor’s Temple.
In 2017, the church launched a mobile app to enhance giving and membership communications, and also re-launched the website to meet modern media standards.
Pastor Burrell is a spirited soldier sent to preach God’s Word and he is serious about rightly dividing the Word of God. As an exceptional orator and motivational speaker, he was often described as one of Mobile’s best-kept secrets. He genuinely displays a profound love for God’s people. His motto is “Be persistent and watch God bring it to pass.”
Pastor Burrell is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Phi Chapter in Savannah. Formerly as a member of the fraternity’s Rho Alpha Chapter in Mobile, he served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and as assistant chaplain.
He served as a state trooper with the Alabama Department of Public Safety for seven years.
He is married to the former Olenophoner L. King and they have two children, Brandi R. Burrell and LCpl. Terrance L. Burrell, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps.