Jeannie grew up in Wheaton, IL and in 1966 married Paul Burkhart from Camp Hill, PA. Together they served with the C&MA in Papua, Indonesia for 47 years in translation, medical, church planting, teaching and administrative rolls. Six months after retiring in 2014 on a trip to Indonesia Paul was called to his heavenly home. Jeannie made her home in Toccoa near her 4 children and 7 grandchildren. During their college years, Jeannie's children were blessed by Carolyn Eckman Ballard's love and Paradise Mountain Ministries. She counts it a privilege and answer to prayer to now be on staff as the office manager at Paradise Mountain Ministries.