ABOUT CHRISTINE ZIMMERMAN
Christine Zimmerman first experienced the joy of ministry through her parents who taught her to love one another. Her father, the late Rev. Richard Burns, pioneered spirit-filled evangelistic outreach as the first appointed General Evangelist in the Western Pennsylvania Conference. She faithfully served as a minister's spouse for 28 years while caring for her family of four boys. She attended Geneva College where she received her K-6 teaching certificate and then Edinboro University for her Master's Degree in reading. She also took graduate-level courses at the University of Pittsburgh towards a supervisor of curriculum and instruction degree.
Christine is a teacher at heart and began her career as mentor of new teachers in the area of technology implementation in local school districts throughout the Pittsburgh area. She has taught in the public school system until joining the ministry fulltime. Christine is the heart of the ministry as she is often found mentoring individuals out of the poverty of addictions and abuse. Her favorite motto to live by is, "Love Never Fails." She speaks, teaches, mentors and leads workshops that illuminate Scripture and engages the student with practical hope and real life examples. She puts flesh upon the spiritual principles of mission and outreach that motivates the church into action. Christine enjoys camping, spending time with her husband of 30 years and four boys, and sharing the love of Jesus with all whom she meets.
About Face Church Outreach is a fully relational consultant ministry that partners with churches, clusters, districts and conferences in meaningful and transformational ways. We are not consultants that simply come in for a weekend but we have the capabilities to see you through change.
Utilizing three levels of relationship we partner with pastors and churches within their context of ministry.
Understanding the DNA of the community and the church helps About Face to develop an outreach program that authentically reaches a rapidly changing broken world with the love and hope in Jesus Christ.
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Rev. John Zimmerman grew up in the rural community of Stoystown, Pennsylvania. He heard the call into the ministry just after graduation from high school and attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree and obtained his Master’s of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Pastor John is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and served as a pastor in local church settings for 28 years. He always recognized the spiritual gifts of preaching, healing, and evangelism in his Christian life. God has allowed these gifts to be used in a variety of local church settings which include rural, suburban and city.
In 2013 Pastor John left local church pastoral ministry to be appointed as General Evangelist in the United Methodist Church. He is developed a consultant ministry model called, “About Face Church Outreach Consultants.” About Face helps churches discover transformational development ministry with the poor, broken and lost. He believes the Church is in the unique position to offer hope and transformation of our broken lives. This is a replicable model to share with local churches around the country as he engages in long-term relationships within the context of the local church mission field. He envisions helping churches move into a new paradigm of ministry that reflects more fully the New Testament Church.
Pastor John is also an online instructor through the Institute of Discipleship. He offers several online courses that fulfill the Lay Servant Ministry certification tract. He was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Harry Denman Evangelism award for his commitment and service to sharing the Good News. His heart, however, finds its greatest fulfillment when he is leading the church into mission outreach right in their own backyard.
He enjoys hunting, camping and opportunities to enjoy his family. His wife, Christine, holds a K-6 grade teaching certificate and received a Master’s Degree from Edinboro University. She is a fulltime partner with John in the outreach ministry and loves serving the Lord with him. Her interests include camping, traveling and loving people. The Zimmerman’s are blessed with four wonderful boys.