News & Events

MHU Honors Max Burgin With Baptist Heritage Award


Lunsford Burgin Heritage AwdDr. Dan Lunsford (left), president of Mars Hill University, presents the Baptist Heritage Award to Dr. Max Burgin.

Mars Hill University has honored Rev. Dr. Max Burgin of Ellenboro, NC with the Baptist Heritage Award for 2014. Burgin was one of the 17 people honored by Baptist agencies across the state, at the 14th annual Baptist Heritage Award ceremony April 8 in Greensboro. The annual Baptist Heritage Award ceremony is co-sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of N.C. and the N.C. Baptist Foundation. It honors individuals and couples for their service to Baptist agencies.

Burgin, a 1954 graduate of Mars Hill, is in his second term as a university trustee and currently serves as Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. In addition to his service to Mars Hill University, Burgin and his wife Mickie are involved in three orphanage ministries in India which seek to better the lives of some of India’s poorest children.

Burgin retired as an army chaplain after a much-decorated thirty-year military career during which he attained the rank of colonel. For over twenty years, he served as the pastor of Lattimore Baptist Church in Cleveland County. Today, he and Mickie continue to raise cattle on their Ellenboro farm.

For a life of service to his alma mater, to the military, to his church and to the people of India, Burgin was named as the 2008 alumnus of the year at Mars Hill University. Burgin believes it was more than random chance that led him to Mars Hill, or along the other pathways that have led to places of ministry.  “I think God has a plan for people’s lives,” he said. “There’s an overall plan. You’re not here by accident.”

(MHU Office of Communications / May 2, 2014)