Burt joined KARM in May 2003 after spending 17 years with Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship Ministries—an international prison ministry with active work throughout the U.S. and in 65 countries around the world. During his time there, Burt served as field director, director of program research and development, and regional vice president. In 1998 he was awarded the National Leadership Award.
Burt and Carolyn—both born Jewish—met when they were 16, became high school sweethearts and came to know Christ shortly before marrying in 1973. They have four grown children—Matthew, Jeremy, Ana and Rebekah.
While having a long history of working with diverse groups and cultures, Burt never saw himself, or Carolyn, working with the homeless. But when their oldest son, Matthew, withdrew from college, became homeless and disappeared, their hearts were broken, and their eyes were opened. A year after Matthew’s disappearance, Burt was asked to consider the CEO position at KARM.
Today, Burt and Carolyn are proud to call Knoxville home, and believe God has called them to this important work.