Stephen and Tammie’s role as Pastoral Care at Commission to Every Nation is to minister to the emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing of CTEN missionary families serving in Central & South America. The Burgers also serve as mentors to new missionaries as they prepare to go on the field—talking through transition, answering questions, and putting them in contact with resources available to them. If there is a crisis, Stephen and Tammie are prepared to pack up and go wherever they are needed. They serve, utilizing phone calls, emails, and SKYPE conversations. Most importantly, they pack their bags and travel to be with their missionaries—being gone the better part of each year visiting them on the field. Their goal is to make sure the missionaries and their families are healthy emotionally and spiritually so that they can continue their mission as long as God wills them to be there.
Stephen holds an MA in Psychology and an EdD in Education and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has served as senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor and Christian education director at various churches. He has taught at Wayland Baptist University and was the dean of their Fairbanks, Alaska campus. Stephen has also been on staff as part of the Vineyard, Anaheim’s, Christian counseling ministry and has planted two churches with the Vineyard.
Tammie holds an MM in Piano Performance and a PhD in Music Education. She has served the church as worship leader, music director, choir director, organist, women’s ministry director, and Sunday school teacher. She has spent many years teaching at the college level, and most recently was the Department Chair of Music at Del Mar College. She performs both jazz and classical music and has been thrilled to be able to use her musical training and skills on the mission field with CTEN missionaries.
Together they collaborate to bring God’s love, health and wholeness to those serving as missionaries. Besides their work internationally, they have used their skills together to provide marriage workshops, workshops on worship leading, small groups and conflict resolution, and also workshops on being emotionally and spiritually healthy in the midst of stressful situations.