Brian Burris accepted Christ when he was nine years old and was baptized shortly thereafter. In May of 1996 Brian renewed his commitment to Christ. In June of 1996 he married Dottie Bennick and they moved to Springfield. Brian and Dottie found Real Life Church in October 1996 (after being invited for a Friend Day.) In December of 1997 they began leading the youth group and continue to lead as volunteers in that ministry. In July of 2007 Real Life Church hired Brian as part-time Administrative Pastor to assist in organizing and overseeing various ministries of the church. Brian is also employed part-time by SASED as a school psychologist and assigned to the Rochester School District. Brian holds a BA in Psychology from SIU-E, a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology from SIU-E, and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from SIU-E. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and maintains a small practice where he specializes in individual therapy for children and adults, as well as family and couple therapy. Brian and Dottie have two wonderful children, Emma and Nicholas, who keep smiles on their faces and their schedules busy.