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About Our Pastor
Rev. William Burnett

Rev. William Burnett


Rev. William Burnett was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is the oldest of eight children, born to William and Shirley Burnett.  He was educated in the South Brunswick Township public school system and served in the United States Army.  He accepted the Lord as his Savior in January of 1987. In 1992, he was ordained as a Deacon at the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ under the leadership of Rev. Nathaniel Benjamin, Jr.  As a Deacon, he assisted the Pastor as needed, in order to help promote the spiritual welfare of the membership. He was an active member of the Deacon’s Union for Trenton and Vicinity and participated as an advisor for the Deacon’s Union Youth Ministry for college bound students. He was a spiritual advisor for the Senior Usher Ministry and Mother’s Ministry of the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church.


In January 2000. he acknowledged his calling to the ministry.  He preached his trial sermon on May 7, 2000 and was ordained in June of 2003. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia Biblical University, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania (now Cairn University).  As an Associate Minister at Wayne Avenue Baptist Church he was an active member of the Sunday School Ministry as a teacher for the Adult and Senior/Intermediate Classes. He served as youth advisor for the Teen’s for Christ Ministry, which was designed to promote spiritual growth, Christian service, and youth fellowship for members between the ages of 13-19. He participated in the outreach youth ministry for the Jamesburg Youth Correction facility, and served as a motivational speaker for the Market Street Missions in Morristown, New Jersey.


Rev. Burnett is the owner of W.R. Burnett Trucking and Paving, Inc., a family operated business that has provided quality service to the Mercer, Middlesex and surrounding counties for over thirty years.  During this time, the company has expanded from a single owner-operator establishment to its current status of 15+ employees.  For the past thirty years, the trucking division has been the main contractor as well as a sub-contractor for a number of major construction projects throughout New Jersey.  The paving division was established in 1991 and through the leadership of Rev. Burnett, a number of employment opportunities were made available. In addition, his company has participated in charitable projects such as, The Gregory School Playground Project.  W.R. Burnett Trucking and Paving is an equal opportunity establishment that has also provided on the job training in an attempt to reach out to those who are in need within the community. Based on his efforts and advisement, additional minority trucking and paving businesses have been established.  Rev. Burnett truly praises God from whom all blessings flow. 


William Burnett and his wife Anita, reside in Monmouth Junction, in South Brunswick Township.  He is the   father of six sons William Burnett, Darnell Burnett, Shawn Burnett, Andre Burnett, James Burnett, and Khatan Merrill (Deceased), and grandfather of eighteen.


In December of 2008, he became one of the founders and the Pastor of the Greater Hope Baptist Church in Trenton, a ministry sponsored by Macedonia Baptist Church, where Rev. Keith Marshall is the Pastor.  On the third Sunday in January 2011, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, some of the members of The Greater Hope Baptist Church merged with the saints of the First Baptist Church of Eggerts Crossing.  On May 15, 2011, Rev. Burnett was installed as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eggerts Crossing.  The Spiritual leadership provided through Rev. Burnett, has cultivated agape love and continued growth in the Lord as one Christian Family.




Among his favorite scriptures are:

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


John 15:7

“ If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”


God’s Blessings 2011-2019

  • Head building project. Revised building plan to be more cost effective

  • Street Ministry on 2nd Saturday June.

  • Vacation Bible Camp outreach 2011

  • First Women’s Ministry Retreat – Ocean City Maryland April 2012

  • Established Chosen Generation Choir  (for the Youth and Young Adults)

  • Established Mass Choir to travel with Pastor.

       (Originally Combined Choir, name changed to Mass Choir)

  • Re-organized Building Fund Campaign efforts.  Group assignments and Captains

  • Ordained two new deacons April 2012 – Deacon Lee Wee and Deacon Gregory Booker

  • Assigned new chairman of Deacon Board- Deacon Edward Dixon

  • Re-established Scholarship Fund

  • Congregation Membership Increase

  • Secure Church Mortgage

  • Township Zoning Board Approval

  • Preferred Care Nursing Home Missionary Ministry monthly activity established

  • Administrative Team established – Sis. Vivian Arrington, Deaconess Debbie Booker, and First Lady Anita Burnett

  • Website Committee formed, led by Bro. Malcolm Sykes

  • Two new trustees appointed- Trustee Lonnie Basnight and Trustee Roosevelt Stephenson

  • Groundbreaking ceremony November 2012 for site work

  • Church boards became Ministries

  • Purchase of additional land

  • Re-established Mother’s Board

  • Establish annual Community Picnic FBC and combined with community

  • Assigned Deacons and Mothers to each of the Ministries

  • Participants of Annual Interfaith Lawrenceville Community Thanksgiving Celebration

  •  FBCEC hosted Interfaith Service on June 29, 2014 for Eggerts Crossing Villlage 40th Anniversary

  • Phase I of the building project completed. Dedication Service Saturday, September 5, 2015

  • Phase II in progress scheduled for completion in 2019

  • Joined Faith Based Partnership Initiative for Adopt-A-School. 

  • Junior Choir and Junior Usher Ministries Re-established.

  • Monthly feeding at Homefront, led by Trustee Roosevelt Stephenson and Sis. Teri Prewitt

  • 2016 President of The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Mercer County (IMA)

  • September 11, 2016 licensed to preach Minister Malcolm Sykes.

  • Anointed With His Seal Young Adult Ministry established.  April 2017

  • Partnered with Trenton Public Schools Literacy Program – Literacy Sunday fifth Sunday July 2017.

  • The First Wednesday Praise Service established in February 2018

  • Ordained new deacon on April 22, 2018 - Deacon Arthur McCray ordained.

  • Licensed Evangelist Cheryl Holloway – July 22, 2018

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