Dr. M. Eugene Burge is the President/Executive Director of Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples, Inc. located in Jacksonville, Florida.
GENE . . . was born and raised in Martinsburg, West Virginia where he met and married his preacher’s daughter, the former Alice Ring. They have three children: Marc, Robin and Jon (who is with the Lord), and four grandchildren.
Brother Gene was saved at the age of nine, called to preach at the age of sixteen and began preaching at age seventeen. By the time he was nineteen and a sophomore in Bible College, he pastored his first full-time church which he served for four years. While there he and his wife yielded their lives to missions. They served in Mexico as missionaries until Gene contracted chronic hepatitis which forced them to return to the United States. During the next twelve years he pastored two great churches. The heartbeat of these churches was soulwinning and worldwide Faith Promise Missions.
In 1980 he was one of the founding board members of Baptist Missions To Forgotten Peoples, Inc. In May 1983, Dr. Burge resigned the pastorate and became the full-time Executive Director of the board and on June 12, 1997 he was elected President of the organization.
Dr. Burge is engaged in preaching Faith Promise Mission Conferences around the world. He is being greatly used for the Lord in leading the cause of missions throughout the world. Because of his burden and compassionate preaching, Christians are being challenged to do their part in reaching the forgotten of the world with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Alice love missionaries. Their heart beat is to encourage missionaries as well as recruit new missionaries. Independent Baptist missionaries around the world call the Burges ”their friends.”
Alice . . . was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia to Rev. & Mrs. David L. Ring. As a preacher’s kid, she grew up in the churches where her father pastored in Maryland and West Virginia. Alice was saved at the age of six. While in West Virginia, she met and married Gene. She is a graduate of Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a B. A. in Speech and Drama and Library Science.
She worked in several high school libraries, taught Spanish and was the High School Administrator in the Christian schools that were part of the churches her husband pastored. She established the deaf ministry in the church in Virginia as well as being active in the choirs, teaching, counseling, etc.
Since their return to mission work in 1983, she has stayed by her husband’s side to do whatever was needed to help him. She is being used greatly to speak to women groups as she and her husband travel in missionary conferences around the world. She helps her husband conduct Missionary Retreats in Europe and the United States for missionaries and is ”mom” to many missionary families worldwide.