Stacey Burton, Director of Lake Cumberland Baptist Association’s PM59 Ministries in Somerset, is the 2022 Kentucky Missionary of the Year.
Stacey has served as a Mission Service Corps Missionary since June 2013. She directs a ministry to children and families which, in the past, has included a children’s choir, family mission action projects, mission education for children, day camps, family movie nights, and much more.
In March 2020, when the pandemic forced their regular ministry activities to stop, Stacey found new adventures and new ways to reach her community. Working with five partnering churches, they began drive thru dinners and, when these stopped, she focused on two housing areas where they continued to deliver meals.
Stacey ministers to ladies at a local rehab center, where she builds relationships, feeds them meals, and offers encouragement. Over the past couple of years, she has seen many of these ladies profess faith in Christ and follow through with baptism. Stacey helps to connect them to a local church and continues to disciple them in their new walk with the Lord.
On her 2021 KY-MSC ministry report, Stacey reported thirty professions of faith and twenty-five baptisms as a result of her ministry and/or personal witnessing.
Each year Stacey coordinates the Christmas Backpack program in Pulaski County, serving nearly one thousand local children. She works with other churches in the Lake Cumberland Baptist Association to create, organize, and/or maintain their preschool, children, and family ministries, and helps many of the smaller churches with Vacation Bible School.
Stacey left a career as a public-school teacher a few years ago to devote full-time to this ministry position. In addition to her ministry, she has adopted and fostered several children, some of which are now teenagers, and is leading them to be active in ministry.
Bro. Ed Amundson, Stacey’s pastor at High Street Baptist Church in Somerset, has shared how valuable Stacey has been in leading their church and other churches in the Lake Cumberland Baptist Association to be on-mission in their local communities.
Stacey is most deserving of this award, which is given annually to a missionary that demonstrates:
- Commitment to and effectiveness in evangelism, church planting, or ministry.
- Demonstration of “going the second mile.”
- Outstanding performance in achieving assigned tasks.
- Unusual commitment to our Lord’s service.
- Positive representation of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
- True reflection of being an “On Mission Christian.”