Fresh Start Outreach Ministries
Fresh Start Outreach Ministries

The Team

Please meet our team below. We look forward to worshipping with you!




Charisse Woods-Burrell





Reverend Charisse N. Woods-Burrell was born on December 30, 1977.  At the age of 12, Reverend Burrell accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and her calling into ministry. 


By way of background, Reverend Burrell’s Christian training and spiritual nurturing was developed at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Orange, NJ; Divinity Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange, NJ; Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church in Towson, Maryland and Union Bethel A.M.E. Church in Cecilton, Maryland.  On September 13, 2009 at the Illinois Annual Conference she was appointed the first female pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Lovejoy, Illinois. 


While she was pastor at Quinn Chapel: the membership had grown spiritually and numerically, the church completed many renovations, purchased two pieces of land adjacent to the church, instituted several new ministries, launched a website and began an evening worship service.  


On March 16, 2013 Pastor Burrell was appointed the first female pastor of Shiloh A.M.E. Church in East St. Louis, Illinois.  While she was pastor at Shiloh she served as an instructor for the Illinois Conference Ministerial Training Board of Examiners and the Chairperson for the Committee on Ministerial Orders for the South District of the Illinois Annual Conference. 


Pastor Burrell is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies.  She is also a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Maryland with an Associate degree in Mortuary Science.  She also is a graduate of Southwestern Illinois College with certifications as a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) and Phlebotomist. Pastor Burrell is a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity with a  Master of Divinity degree.  

In Pastor Burrell’s professional life, she is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, DC.  She is the former owner of: Charisse N. Woods Funeral Service and Omega Removal Service which were both located in Baltimore, Maryland.  


Pastor Burrell is married to Rev. Devione Burrell.  Pastor Burrell knows that with God’s anointing and the guidance of the Holy Spirit she can fulfill all that God has called her to do,  for she believes, “… to whom much is given, much is required!

Where to Find Us:

Worship Service Address:


Fresh Start Outreach Ministries
517 Jefferson Street
Brooklyn, IL 62059


Phone: (866) 754-0668

Mailing Address: 


Fresh Start Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box 4361
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Phone: (866) 754-0668

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