Other appointments were at Etna UMC for almost 10 years, Sharonville UMC for 3 years, and then Van Wert Trinity UMC for 9 years before being appointed to serve Pickerington Trinity UMC in July 2011.  In June 2009 Tim earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary writing his dissertation in the area of Spiritual Formation and Leadership on "The Renewal of the Local Church by Using Short Term Mission Experiences that Promote Spiritual Formation".

Being a preacher's son, Tim moved quite a bit, mostly in Northwest Ohio, graduating in 1973 from Lima Senior High School.  Tim attended Malone University in Canton, Ohio, there he met Beth Thomas from Atwater, OH. Pastor Tim is the son of Rev. Mark (now retired in the West Ohio Conference) and Leora Burden. He is the oldest of two children, having a sister, Rebecca (Richard) Bartholomew, who are Mennonite pastors serving in the ministry they founded in inner city Columbus, Agora Fellowship.

In July of 1975 they married.  Tim transferred to Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH where he graduated two years later with B.A. in Psychology.  Those two years Pastor Tim and Beth served a student pastorate, Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church.  After graduation Tim began seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.  A year later he transferred to Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, CA where he completed a Master’s Degree. 

Pastor Tim & Beth Burden’s Story

Upon graduation from MST, Tim and Beth moved back to Ohio. Tim was appointed to serve Melrose UM Church near Defiance, OH for three years while he earned his Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in    Dayton, OH in 1983.  In 1984, Tim and Beth joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Amsterdam, Holland,    first completing their Discipleship Training School and outreach in Liberia, West Africa.  Following the DTS, Tim    became the DTS Director under Floyd McClung Jr.  After three years in Holland with frequent travel in Africa,  Mexico, and Western Europe, Tim and Beth returned to the USA to serve as Assoc. Pastor at Mills Memorial UMC in Lancaster, OH for three years while he completed his Elders Orders in 1988. 

MST was a school at the center of the Charismatic Renewal Movement.  During those California years Beth and Tim attended and served in Christian Life Church of God (Cleveland, TN) in Irvine, CA under Pastor Floyd McClung Sr., who exposed them to Youth With A Mission (YWAM). 

Bishop Mel & First Lady Donna Griffin’s Story

Bishop Melvin Griffin is the Pastor and founder of Resurrection Ministries For All People, located in Pickerington, Ohio. God gave him a vision in the year of 1999 to lead a Christian fellowship grounded in the principles of God’s word. A few months later, New Calvary Ministries, now known as Resurrection Ministries For All People was born. Bishop Griffin has been blessed to teach and preach in the ministry for over 30 years. He attended Eastern Union Bible College and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. His main goal is to win souls to Christ. Over the last decade, while pastoring and growing RMFAP, Bishop Griffin has served in several ecclesiastical positions for the International Anointed Ministries, Los Angeles CA. and as the National Presiding Bishop of the Interdenominational Fellowship Ministries (IFM), headquartered in Pickerington, Ohio.

 She received the “Woman of the Year” award for the Defense Federal Community at the Defense Supply Center Columbus.  She directs the  Defense Federal Community choir and is the Minister of Music, and teaches the Bible Basics class at her church.  She is also the director and founder of the women’s choral group, “The Anointed Ones.”  Min. Griffin along with her husband teaches practical and biblical teachings through the Word of God in their Couples Ministry.  Min. Griffin is a virtuous woman of God who loves God with her whole heart, mind, body and soul and hates the devil.  After the loss of her twin sister Darla, she realized that within us lies the Power of God.  She wants everyone to know that “through faith in God, all things are possible to those that believe.”  In spite of her losses, she blesses the Lord at all times and continues to keep praises of God in her mouth because of what God has done for her! (Psalms 34:1)  She and her husband reside in Canal Winchester, Ohio and are blessed with eight children and a host of grandchildren.

Bishop Mel Griffin has been an “on-the-air” personality for over 40 years. When the change of guards took gospel radio off the air in Columbus, OH that did not stop this man of God but shifted him to another level! Bishop Griffin along with Pastor Mike Reeves stepped out on faith and started up gospel radio again not only in Columbus, OH but worldwide as owners of WVKO-AM 1580 The Praise streaming live globally!. Bishop Griffin resides in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and is happily married to Minister Donna Griffin. First Lady Griffin has dedicated her life to the ministry while serving as BSM Financial Instructor at the Defense Supply Center Columbus, and is the Founder & Overseer of Truth in the Word Ministries.


Minister Donna Griffin is Overseer and Founder of Truth in the Word Ministries, a fellowship based upon biblical principles for battered and abused men and women.  She is happily married to Bishop Mel Griffin who is Pastor and founder of Resurrection Ministries For All People, located in Pickerington, Ohio, and is the National Presiding Bishop for Interdenominational Fellowship Ministries.  She currently works as a Financial Instructor for the Federal Government at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Training Center and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Min. Griffin was called to the ministry in 2002 just after her mother passed away. She was inspired to teach the Word of God, through Joyce Meyer Ministries.  Min. Griffin’s goals and aspiration are to become the next African American Joyce Meyer worldwide to let them know, “there is nothing too hard for God”.