Danny Burnley Church Revitalization Consultant
Danny Burnley
     More than forty years ago, Danny Burnley was formally disassociated — excommunicated — from his home church. His “crime”? As a young deacon, he went to the pastor and asked him to prayerfully consider holding a reconciliation service to help heal the ongoing friction that existed between the pastor and the deacons.
     Dismissal from his church’s fellowship was “the worst thing and the best thing” that had ever happened to him. It was the worst thing because it was like a divorce that tore apart a family, but it was the best thing because it ignited in Burnley a God-given desire to help struggling churches, which he has been busy doing for the last four decades.

     In his latest book - Excommunicated: 11 Steps to Church Revitalization, Danny offers the lessons he has learned in helping churches battle against ineffectiveness. Through his ministry, he has helped bring churches back from the brink of closure.
Served as Youth Sunday School Director, Sunday School Teacher, Royal Ambassador Director and Youth Director at age eighteen where I was saved, baptized and ordained at my home church

Licensed to preach in 1975, Second Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia; served as teacher, choir member, Men’s Ministry Director, Chairman of the Deacons

Ordained as Pastor,*Unity Baptist Church, Vanna, Georgia 1979-1983; Bivocational while attending Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Georgia

Pastor, Union Baptist Church, Iva, South Carolina  1983-1988

Pastor, *Temple Baptist Church, Simpsonville, South Carolina  1988-2001

Pastor, *Sierra Baptist Church, Anderson, South Carolina; a new church start upon the request of Delano McMinn, Director of Missions  2001-2003

Pastor, *West Gantt First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina  2003-2011

Pastor, *Laurel Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina  2011-2016

Church Revitalization Consulting, Inc.; Began new ministry with a desire to help churches in decline upon my retirement as pastor on July 1, 2016

*Churches that experienced restructuring and revitalization


1967 - Graduate, Thomson High School, Thomson, Ga
1979-82 Emmanuel college, Franklin Springs, Ga.
1982-84 Trinity College of the Bible (A.B.S.; B.R.E.)
1985-86 Trinity Theological Seminary (M, Mins,)

1989- Covington Theological Seminary (D. Mins.)
2014- Trinity Theological Seminary (Honorary Doctorate)

Associational Involvement

President, Greater Iva Ministerial Association; Iva, South Carolina

President, Pastors Conference, Saluda Baptist Association, Anderson, South Carolina

President, Pastor’s Conference and Moderator, Greenville Baptist Association, Greenville, South Carolina

Convention Involvement

Committee on Committees, South Carolina Baptist Convention (1992)

Elected to serve as Registration Secretary (1998); Second Vice President (2001); First Vice President (2004); South Carolina Baptist Convention

Elected President of the Pastors Conference (2007); South Carolina Baptist Convention; Nearly $10,000 was raised at the Pastors Conference for the Gideon Ministry.

Order of Business Committee (2002-2005); Executive Board (1998-2002); Nominating Committee and Chairman (1998-2001); South Carolina Baptist Convention

Ministers Advisory Council, North Greenville College (2002-2005)

Ministers Advisory Council, Charleston Southern University (1996-2000)

Trustee, Anderson University (2006-2011)

Trustee, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary  Louisville, Kentucky (1988-2004)

Board of Directors, Trinity Theological Seminary, Newbergh, Indiana; Received Honorary Doctorate for work in Revitalizing Churches


Haiti – Served with Missionary team from Elberton, Georgia assisting Virgil Suttles, Foreign Missionary to Haiti

Romania – Led six missionary trips to Romania while pastoring Temple Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC, completing two major building projects in Nassaud and in Tirgoviste.
Danny Burnley, D.Min