A highly successful Washington Lobbyist
The Rising Sun First Baptist Church By Engel Burns

The Rising Sun First Baptist Church is the realization of Reverend Dr. Emmett Burns, Junior, who, shortly after moving to Baltimore in 1979, felt a calling to organize a church in the area. The church began modestly, with the reverend hosting five female congregants in his home on a weekly basis. This group formed the core of the organization, which began hosting services at Campfield Elementary School in March of 1984.

After several years of organizing in various schools, the church purchased a 1.8 acre property. Located on Saint Lukes Lane, the location was officially dedicated in 1990. The congregation has flourished in the years since, with growth marked by such milestones as the opening of a Christian Fellowship Center in 1999. The church expanded its ministry by opening a second location in Catonsville in 2003.

Engel Burns, son of Reverend Dr. Emmett Burns, balances his career as a pharmaceutical lobbyist by acting as an assistant minister for the Rising Sun First Baptist Church. Ebony Magazine recently spotlighted him as a major player in his industry.

Engel Burns’ Magazine Feature Claims ‘Cool Job’

His name is Engel D. Burns; Ebony Magazine profiled the Washington lobbyist in its September 2011 issue, titling the question-and-answer interview “King of the Hill” under a subtle, two-word description: “Cool Job.”

Burns’ role representing the legislative interests of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Washington, D.C., is the position that Ebony’s Kevin Chappell explored. Answering Chappell’s five succinct questions, Burns generously shared how his life’s various paths seemed to have converged, leading to his current position. Beginning with his double major degrees in Biology and Ancient History at the University of Maryland, closely followed by managing his father’s successful campaign for Maryland state delegate, and then by his years in health care and marketing, life seemed to direct Burns to his work on Capitol Hill. According to the article, Burns is fulfilled by playing a positive role in the challenging and far-reaching playing field, and he takes pride in his accomplishments.

Engel Burns on Youth Ministry Annual Events

Based in Maryland, Engel D. Burns has participated in several political campaigns. A government affairs professional, Engel Burns also dedicates time as the Youth Minister at Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Woodlawn, Maryland.

Annual events help build tradition in a youth ministry. Parents allow their children to participate because they have heard of the event before. Young people look forward to annual events, especially if older peers speak positively about them. Repeated get-togethers over long periods show others that the church cares about its youth.

Creating yearly events can happen with ease. Any gathering can be labeled “annual” and reevaluated after the fact. If everyone enjoyed the function, by all means continue it! If it failed, then you can simply develop something new for the subsequent year. Ongoing events do not have to be limited by past history. You can tweak them depending on the composition of the youth ministry and societal trends.