Mike was converted in 1982 at the age of eighteen. At the time he was working in banking in central London and continued in that occupation until August 1986.
Jacky gave her life to Jesus at the age of ten. This followed the dramatic change she saw in her mother following her mother`s conversion. Jacky was also filled with the Holy Spirit at the same
age and began speaking in tongues and operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. She also received at that time the call of God to go into Christian service and knew that at some time in the future
she would devote her life to serving the Lord Jesus.
Mike & Jacky met at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church ( Assemblies of God ) in Dartford some six months after Mike`s conversion. Together they served wherever there was a need or in whatever capacity asked of them by the leadership including Evangelism; Teaching Sunday School; Youth Group Oversight Team; Drama and occasional Preaching.
Both Mike and Jacky left their employment in August 1986 to respond to the call of God. In May and June of 1986 a number of events occurred through which they both knew that the time had now arrived for them to start training for the ministry. And so, in September 1986, they departed from England and went to Holland on the first step of a long and exciting adventure with Jesus. They went to a Bible and Evangelism Training School in the south of Holland called "Jong en Vrij" in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Upon completing their studies there, they were asked to join the full-time staff of the school, where they became responsible for the Teaching Curriculum, the Pastoral Care, led Evangelism Teams all throughout that country, preached at conventions and performed Christian Drama Productions.
After four years of this, the Lord led them to Youth With A Mission (Y.W.A.M.), in Amsterdam where they did a Discipleship Training School and were part of an outreach team which ministered in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
Throughout all of these years, and indeed since, Mike and Jacky have lived by faith. They have never asked for money, nor sent out newsletters asking for money but rather have trusted in God`s promise to them that He would supply all of their needs.
They returned to England and worked for a short time with their ´home´ church in Dartford before joining a Y.W.A.M. Team in Brixton, South London. There they developed a prison outreach ministry to Brixton and Wandsworth Prisons - occasionally also going to Holloway and Wormwood Scrubs. In addition, they worked among many of the homeless people in London and became very familiar with that scene.
In the mid 1990`s Mike and Jacky were leading their own small Y.W.A.M. Team in central London when the Lord started speaking to them about having their own church.
Holy Nation Church, as it is now, started in 1998 with Mike & Jacky Burgess pastoring the church since it started.
Mike and Jacky have four children, Misha, Sophie, Luke & Grace.
Mike and Jacky have a real burden for the nations. They have led or been part of teams which have brought the gospel to many countries including Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Albania, Hungary, Korea, Portugal, India, Philippines, Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan, Uganda, Israel, Egypt and as mentioned, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong not to mention of course the years in Holland when they literally travelled throughout the whole country with the gospel.
They firmly believe that in the coming years they will increasingly facilitate teams to go out to the nations with the love of Jesus Christ.