Reverend William “Ricky” Burton serves as the Youth Pastor of the U.N.I.T.E.D Youth Ministry of Christian Unity Baptist church, where they strive to nurture, educate, develop, and draw more youth to Christ. He was licensed to preach the Gospel in December of 2013 and ordained into the Gospel ministry April 2016. Rev. Ricky graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Minor in IT networking and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Ricky is married to the beautiful Charnece Burton who also serves in ministry as a coordinator for G.E.M.S (Girls Empowered and Motivated for Success) girls mentoring group.
Youth Pastor Burton is responsible for all aspects of supervision, organization, and accountability, as it pertains to the ministering to those ages 4 to 17. Founder of the campaign “Project U”, and manager of the Youth Programs of The Unity Corporation (a Non-profit Community Development Corporation that is geared towards the preservation of the history and legacy left by previous generations, along with the equipping and empowering the youth of today’s generation) Rev. Ricky engages youth ministry in all aspects of CUBC. He currently serves as the organizer for “Boy to Men” boy mentoring group were African principal for rites of passage are used to develop young boys and prepare them for manhood.
Pastor Ricky heads the development and leadership of the Youth Leadership Staff and Youth Workers, in order to create and enhance the structure and curriculum that are under his Jurisdiction. Reverend Ricky oversees those who make up the staff of the youth initiated “C.U.B.C. Bookstore”, as well as operates as the leader of the youth choirs and praise teams. His function is also that of maintaining financial accountability of all programs and products that fund the ministries to C.U.B.C.’s young people.
Youth Pastor Burton also conceptualized and implemented the community program #WildNOutCUBC. Wild N’ Out is a youth organized and run production that mimics the popular MTV show with a Christian Twist. This program uses unique methodology to teach Biblical knowledge and gives youth the opportunity to showcase that knowledge through games and challenges in a live game show production. Youth also learn production skills and techniques such as Microsoft office, audio/visual management, video editing, and marketing.
Rev. Ricky began his walk with Christ at a very young age, even to the point of acknowledging God’s anointing on his life by delivering a sermon at the age of ten. He strives to convey Gods word with relevance, simplicity, and a dash of humor in order to teach the saved and unsaved how to live abundant lives through the Word of God. During Rev. Burton’s college journey, God allowed him to branch out to use his gifts and talents in all areas of ministry to include Church & College choirs, Instrumental music, Public Radio, Youth Ministry, and even Christian Comedy. His unique experiences as a Christian comedian has allowed him to approach the word of God with a refreshing view, while using the critical thinking and problem solving skills learned in the studies of Computer Science to ask hard questions and dig deep for answers.