Trinity Welcomes Jennifer Burns and Family!
NEW ASSOCIATE PASTOR ANNOUNCEMENT:
Looking toward the future in our ministry and mission together as Trinity, the announcement is being made that our Bishop, Gregory Palmer, is appointing a new associate pastor to Trinity effective July 1. Jennifer Burns comes to us from West Carrollton, Ohio, where she is serving as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Her main focus is mission and evangelism, including the development of community ministry opportunities, also called “Fresh Expressions.” Jennifer is married with two young children and we will be sharing more about Jennifer in the coming months.
This is a unique appointment in that she will be serving ¾ time at Trinity and ¼ time at Cherry Grove UMC which is moving into a shared leadership model with Clough UMC. With this arrangement there will be exciting potential for productive collaborative ministry among the churches. More details will be provided in the weeks ahead in anticipation of Jennifer joining in the ministry of Trinity. Although we are in uncertain times, this is an exciting development and good change for Trinity as Jennifer brings additional help to our outreach through missions and evangelism. She has a proven track record with starting and growing mission and evangelism outreach, including Fresh Expressions.
With the many changes in our lives these days, we look forward to participating in new ways that serve to advance God’s kingdom on earth together.
Blessings, Staff Parish Relations Committee
Dear Trinity Church Family,
Greetings! I am Pastor Jennifer Burns, and it is a great joy and honor to be joining you in mission and ministry beginning this summer! I have a deep love for all people rooted in my understanding that God is love (1 John 4:8). I have a heart for the marginalized and those whom traditional church does not reach. When I learned of the movement called Fresh Expressions of Church it felt like all of who I am and all that I am called to finally fit together and made sense. I look forward to joining you in your Kingdom work in and around Milford, OH, and especially in exploring Fresh Expressions of Church with you.
Scriptures that have guided my life and may help you understand me a little more are these: Matthew 5:1-12, Jeremiah 29:11, and Luke 15:1-7. I have a BA in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. I grew up in Toledo and Westerville Ohio. I’ve had the privilege of being part of a diversity of churches including being a charter member of the Church for All People in Columbus, children’s minister for Dayton Korean UMC, and Pastoral Intern for a new, emergent church in Maryland. I became an Ordained Elder in 2013. As a Pastor I have served Howard UMC in Findlay, Community UMC in Brookville, and Memorial UMC in West Carrollton.
My husband John is a man of many hats and talents. He works for the MidPointe Library as an Innovation Pointe Specialist. Our son Micah will be six in August, and our daughter Malea just turned three.
During this time of transition, in the midst of this time of great uncertainty and change, you will be in my prayers. May God grant us peace and hope as we rest in his unchanging grace.
Blessings & Peace,
Pastor Jennifer Burns