Dr. Burgess is a Christian Evangelist, who has traveled the world proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ for over thirty years as a preacher, Bible Teacher, and Illusionist. Drawing upon his unusual background as a medical doctor and a professional illusionist, he is able to present unique perspectives on the Gospel in a thoroughly entertaining way.
Dr. Burgess was born October 9, 1949 and married Janie Burgess in 1974. He has three children: Jerad, Jill, and Julie. Jerry, a family physician in Whitley City, Kentucky, has been in the medical practice since 1975.
A professional illusionist since 1969 and in the Gospel Illusion Ministry since 1970, he is a three-time past president of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians (an organization of over 3,000 members in 50 states and at least 30 other countries who use illusions, ventriloquism, puppetry, etc. to illustrate the gospel of Jesus Christ). Jerry has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Scandinavia, and on network television in 39 countries on 5 continents and on national TV in the U.S. 18 times in the past 25 years.
Divine Design Ministries is an interdenominational ministry. Although Dr. Burgess regularly ministers in churches of every denominational background, he is a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Whitley City, Kentucky, and has served two terms on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.