John Burns | University Baptist Church

Reverend John Burns is a native of Salina, Kansas.  He received his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1978 and his Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1981.

Rev. Burns was ordained in 1977 by the Bel Air Baptist Church of Salina, Kansas and has been the pastor of churches in Oklahoma, Illinois, Louisiana and Maryland. Since 1991 he has been the pastor of the University Baptist Church in College Park, Maryland.

He is a founder of St. Charles Parish Social Services in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, Bethesda Cares in Bethesda, Maryland and Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment in Hyattsville, Maryland.  All three organizations were formed to provide help for the economically needy in their respective communities.

Rev. Burns was the recipient of the 1990 Governor's Award for his work with the homeless of Montgomery County and the 2000 Award for Racial Reconciliation from Prince Georges County.

John has served on various committees for the American Baptist Churches, the Alliance of Baptists and the D.C. Baptist Convention. He has been privileged to speak at revivals, conventions, conferences, retreats, dinners and various other occasions in many different states.

His first book, Mary; A Model for Christian Discipleship was published by Judson Press in June of 2007.  John is married and has five children and two grandchildren. Visitors to our website and church members may contact Pastor Burns via e-mail with any questions about University Baptist Church.