Resume


Leadership Summary

  • Trained, equipped and empowered staff in daily tasks and project management.
  • Promoted qualified staff into successful management careers.
  • Utilized transformational leadership skills to cast vision and build team culture.
  • Completed leadership training with CLASS, Meijer, and Trinity Church, Lansing, MI.
  • Founded and lead regional writers’ group, Word Weavers West Michigan.
  • Sponsored student’s summer internship in Convergent Journalism program for Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Wrote curriculum and taught church groups on personality profiles,spiritual gifts, prayer, cults and personal discipleship.
  • Mentor writers on using social media to build an online writer platform

Publishing Industry / Editing Summary

  • Wrote and published in CBA market books, and magazine articles since 2003.
  • Published curriculum workbook via traditional trade publishing.
  • Led and managed pool of writers for West Michigan Christian News.
  • Regularly read, edit, and critique writers work for publishing / submission.
  • Provide book editing and book proposal services for freelance clients.
  • Submitted contributions to nationally published books, and Zondervan’s Hope in the Mourning Devotional Bible
  • Built and manage social media platforms for national client base.
  • Created Platform Advanced Blogging Class to mentor writers on social media and online platforms.
  • Created Tribal Book Launch Campaign to coach writers to marketing books online.

Work Experience:  2002 – Present: Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, accomplishments include:

  • Wrote and published over 900 informational articles for eHow.com.
  • Wrote website content for selected web designers, and author sites.
  • Published in numerous non-fiction compilation books, e-journals for writers, and devotional magazines. (complete list here: http://www.timothyburns.com/in-print/)
  • Founder and former president of Word Weavers of West Michigan, a community of freelance, professional, novice and part-time Christian writers.
  • Wrote and published group bible study, Forged in the Fire – Shaped by the Master, in 2004 with Hensley Publishers.

5 / 1995 to 12 / 2001: Small Business Owner / Operator

As the owner and operations manager, responsible for all aspects of a small business operations. Key Accomplishments include:

  • Wrote all bids, marketing, and promotional materials.
  • Wrote, oversaw and reviewed labor, sales, revenue, and budget projections and profitability statements.
  • Hired, managed, cast vision and motivated employees, work teams.
  • Developed seasonal product market for college students at MSU.
  • Designed and launched targeted direct mail newsletter for local commercial contractor.

6 / 1981 to 5 / 1995:  Hardlines Retail Manager

As retail manager, oversaw hardlines departments for chain stores, and national co-op retailers. In addition to the responsibilities for daily operation of the retail stores, other key accomplishments include:

  • Managed single company and corporate level communications.
  • Wrote employee training handbooks and training manuals.
  • Improved dept sales from 7th to 2nd in company.
  • Hired, trained and managed staff in all aspects of company procedures, tasks and vision.
  • Designed, implemented and directed staff training programs.
  • Established and managed store labor, purchasing and sales goals and budgets.
  • Oversaw store purchasing, daily store operations, vendor selection and negotiations.

Affiliations / Achievements    

8 / 2012 – 12 / 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI
9 / 2012 – 2014 National Mentor, Christian writers’ groups, Word Weavers Inc.
9 / 2009 – 2014 Staff member, Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
12 / 2010 – 2013 Contributing Editor, weekly columnist, and writer pool coordinator; West Michigan Christian News
1 / 2009 – 12 / 2013 Founder and President; Word Weavers West Michigan
10 / 2008 to 12 / 2009 Monthly columnist; Dream Builders – Ministry in Motion
monthly newsletter
9 / 2008 – Present:   Conference Speaker; Professional Christian writers’ conferences, and WordCamp GR Social Media / Marketing conference
9 / 2005: Graduate; CLASS Christian Leaders and Speaker Services
1/ 1983 – 12/1989 Board member, and Director of Koinonia Ministries, Lansing, MI