Post War Duty

In 1952, the "powers that be" decided that Rev. Burkhalter’s "combat days" were over. John was assigned to Boling Air Force Base and moved to the Washington DC area. Two years later, he would be assigned to a post in Germany, before returning to the US for good. John left active military service and entered the US Army reserves. John was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. John G. Burkhalter would dedicate the rest of his life to further equipping himself for service to the Lord and to starting and strengthening churches.

John would complete a Masters degree in history from Stetson University and begin doctoral work at American University. He pastored several churches over the course of this time, most notably were Edgewater Baptist Church and Van Buren Street Baptist Church (October 1959-1963.) From 1964-1965, John pastored a church in New Jersey while attending seminary at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He would graduate with a bachelor of divinity in 1965. In the Spring of 1967, he would accept the senior pastorship of a small, young church called Maryland City Baptist Church. He would only stay there briefly though. He would leave the church to devote his time more fully to starting Korean churches in the Washington D.C. area (he assisted in the founding of several Korean churches.)

On July 3, 1969, John G. Burkhalter would officially retire from the United States Army. In 1982, a gentleman in the community of Riva, donated five acres of land to Rev. Burkhalter to start a church. Rev. Burkhalter named the church Temple Baptist Church and would pastor the church for the final four years of his career. As he approached 78 years old and his wife Mable began to loose her sight, it became too much of a hardship to travel from Weaton, Maryland to the Eastern Shore to govern the affairs of the church.

In 1987, John Burkhalter retired from the pulpit and moved in with his daughter and son-in-law in the east wing of the house they were building in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He would spend his last five years living happily and peacefully with his wife, donating tens of thousands of dollars to countless missionaries and ministerial organizations.


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