I was born on May 22, 1955, in Springfield, Missouri, while my parents Larry and Ruth Burgett were attending Baptist Bible College, in preparation for their ministry. In 1959, we moved to Japan where my parents served as missionaries for 20 years. At the age of six, I trusted Christ as my Savior and was baptized with the first believers from the Sapporo Bible Baptist Church.
After graduating from high school, I returned to the United States to attend college. I had a desire to become an architect and build church buildings on the mission field. I attended college to study architectural engineering. Before graduating, God called me into the ministry. My desire to build church buildings had changed. God had given me a desire to establish local churches on the mission field of Japan.
In the fall of 1976, I enrolled at Baptist University of America. While in school, God gave me a wonderful wife, Cindy. We were married on July 7, 1979. The following year, I graduated from Baptist University of America.