Local Leaders

John Willett

John grew up in New Jersey and his wife Linda grew up in Pittsburg, PA. They met while attending college at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and have been married for 53 years since. The Willets have two married daughters, Robin and Lori. Both are married and now there are five grandchildren in the family.

Both John and Linda came to faith in Christ in the first year of their marriage. John was a Naval Officer during the Vietnam War at that time and later went to seminary after his Navy commitment. John went on to pastor in both Columbus, Ohio and Greensboro, NC for the next 20 years. From 1990 – 2020, John has been with SEARCH Ministries in Greensboro teaching the Bible in various places and helping people get started and grow in their faith.

David Bowman

David Bowman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There he played basketball for the Spartan’s while earning a BS in Education. Later he received a MA in Education from NC A&T State University.

After college, David had a 35 year career in teaching/coaching and in sales, before joining Search Greensboro in 2015. David loves relational ministry and has a passion to help men and women take a next step toward Christ. He and Kelly have been married for 39 years and have two children and four grandchildren.

Matt Burkett

The Burkett’s (Matt, Leah, Radford, and Tysinger) are Greensboro natives. In 2014 Matt was first introduced to Search. In short order, Matt fell in love with the relational model of evangelism Search uses and began leading foundations groups. In 2019 Matt and Leah responded to God’s call in Greensboro and sold their business to come on staff with Search full time. Their family of four is always on the go and makes use of their hobbies and interests to invite others into conversations about life and faith.