TJ Burns grew up in a small town in Missouri and has recently moved to the Triangle with his wife, Alana. He received his undergraduate degree from Criswell College in Dallas, Texas in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist College in Wake Forest. While in Dallas, TJ worked with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention as a trainer and missions mobilizer for area churches. His experience in this context has taught him to build relationships and and work closely with others as they work to attain the goals they have put in place for themselves.