Anton Burnette Named New Pastor Of Zion Assembly Church Of God In Cleveland

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Anton Burnette will become the new Pastor of Zion Assembly Church of God in Cleveland, TN beginning July 1. Bishop Rick Ferrell, Tennessee state overseer, made the formal announcement during the 2017 Annual State Convention. Zion Assembly Church of God Presiding Bishop Wade H. Phillips was also in attendance.

“I am deeply grateful for the ministry of Pastor Anton Burnette.

  He has been a blessing to Zion Assembly.  We are excited and have high expectations for him and his ministry.  The State Overseer and I spent much time in prayer and discernment in regard to pastoral leadership in Cleveland. We celebrate the new possibilities that lie ahead as the church continues to preach repentance and redeeming love for a lost world and the true message of God’s church,” Bishop Phillips said.

“The Cleveland, TN church is an important model church for the state of Tennessee.  Under Church Minister Kim Erwin, the Cleveland church has seen extensive growth and we are excited about this next chapter in its development and outreach,” said Bishop Ferrell.  Kim Erwin will continue as the music and program director of the church.

“Anton Burnette’s dynamic ministry of standing for Biblical truth without compromise and apology should have a great impact on the Cleveland area,” said Bishop Ferrell.

Prior to being appointed to pastor the Cleveland church, Anton Burnette served in several ministerial roles including evangelist, pastor, youth pastor, and Christian School administrator.  He served four years in the United States Marine Corps.  He has earned a bachelor of arts in Religion and a Master of Business Administration.

Anton Burnette, Grace, his wife of 19 years, and their six children, America, Donnie, Victoria, Jonathan, Jacob and Sophia are all looking forward to this new chapter in their lives.  “My family and I love this local congregation and love the vision of Zion Assembly Church of God.  We are honored to accept this appointment and can’t wait to see all that can be accomplished,” said Pastor Burnette.

Zion Assembly Church of God is at 5512 Waterlevel Hwy. Services times are Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday, at 7 p.m. In depth adult Bible study is scheduled each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. as well as Sunday school for all ages.

“I want to invite the entire community and surrounding area to visit our church and experience the gospel of Jesus Christ preached without apology or compromise.  The Bible is right and everyone else is wrong.”

Zion Assembly Church of God, Cleveland is one of 66 congregations of Zion Assembly in the United States. Zion Assembly Church of God is an international ministry with 88,784 members worldwide. Bishop Rick Ferrell is the Tennessee State Overseer and Bishop Wade H. Phillips is the Presiding Bishop. Additional information about the Zion Assembly Church of God is available at: and on Facebook at

Nativity Rising Artists Concert To Be Held Feb. 11 At Nativity Episcopal Church

On the final Sunday of Epiphany celebration of the Transfiguration, Nativity Episcopal Church opens the second year of its Rising Artists series with flutist Daniel Esperante performing selections from Telemann’s Fantasie No. 10 for solo flute, Bach’s g-minor Flute Sonata, Krebs’s Fantasie for flute and organ in C, Poulenc’s Flute Sonata and the Reinecke Flute Concerto.  This ... (click for more)

Phil Wickham To Continue Lee’s U-Church Season

Lee University will welcome Phil Wickham on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center to kick off the Spring U-Church lineup.  Mr. Wickham, who has always been surrounded by music, got an early start in the music industry. He began leading worship at his home church by the age of 13, and by 18, he had already recorded an independent album.  Mr. Wickham draws ... (click for more)

City's Top Traffic Reconstruction Expert: "Man, This Truck Just Creamed A Dozen Cars"

The Chattanooga Police Department's top traffic reconstruction expert testified Tuesday that when he first viewed the scene of an horrific crash at the Ooltewah exit he thought "Man, this truck just creamed a dozen cars." Officer Joe Warren told a jury from Nashville that, according to his calculations, Benjamin Scott Brewer was traveling at 81-82 miles per hour when he struck ... (click for more)

Taji Webb, 26, Shot And Killed Monday Night; Shooter Will Not Be Charged

Taji Webb, 26, was shot and killed Monday night. Police said they have determined that the shooting was justified and the unidentified shooter would not be charged.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 10:43 p.m. to a person shot call in the 1500 block of Ryan Street .  Upon arrival, officers located Webb lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot ... (click for more)

Dismal Educator Teaching At UTC - And Response

Roy Exum,  People are talking about the inability of UTC to turn out high quality teachers. Well, should any university be expected to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? We all know how our school system students fail miserably on national scholastic aptitude tests as a whole.  Forget Tcap tests, those are teacher tests not meant for measuring student progress, but ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)