A man who spent his career ministering to young people now sits behind bars, accused of sex crimes.
At the time authorities arrested Brian Burchfield, 42, he was the Young Adult Pastor at Quail Springs Baptist Church. Samantha Decker, Director of Communications at Quail Springs Baptist Church told News 9, “Brian has been relieved of his duties at our church."
The married, father of four was brought into the Shawnee Police department on Wednesday and was questioned by officers. He was booked into the Pottawatomie County jail around 3 p.m.. He is accused of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology and for violating the Computer Crimes Act.
According to Burchfield’s LinkedIn account he served as a pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee and ministered there for almost eight years, before becoming Young Adult Pastor for Quail Springs Baptist Church in 2014.
Thursday morning, we received a statement from Quail Springs Baptist Church,
“We are disheartened to learn about the alleged inappropriate communications involving a young adult pastor at our church. While we have no indications any inappropriate communications occurred involving Brian in his capacity as a minister at our church, we will work with those officials looking into this matter. We are praying for Brian and his family and our brothers and sisters in Shawnee and we are here to provide support and comfort.”
Burchfield is scheduled to appear in front of a judge at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.