“But nothing, not even my life, is more important than my completing my mission. This is nothing other than the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus: to testify about the good news of God’s grace.”
Acts 20:24, CEB
Rev. Andrew Burns (Pastor Andy) grew up in a household deeply committed to the United Methodist family. In June 2010, Andy heard his call to ministry and began journeying toward becoming a United Methodist pastor. Andy received his Local Pastor’s License from the West Ohio Conference in the summer of 2014. Previously, Andy has served Alger First United Methodist Church as their pastor and Church of the Messiah as an Associate Pastor.
Andy has a deep passion for proclaiming the good news of God’s grace to all kinds of people however it may best be heard and received. He loves exploring new ways to be church and new ways to do church today, and works to lead the church in those directions
Andy grew up in several locations around Ohio: Lima, Toledo, Hamilton, and Circleville. In May 2015, Andy received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on trumpet, as well as a minor in Communication Studies from Ohio Northern University. In May 2018, Andy received his Masters of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Andy met his wife, Lauren at Ohio Northern, where she was studying for a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The two got married in May of 2017. Prior to Westerville/New Albany, they lived in Alger, OH (near Lima). In his free time, Andy enjoys meeting new people, playing and listening to all kinds of music – from symphonies to punk to jazz to death metal to show tunes – as well as reading.