Mick Burns

Senior Pastor

Email: RevBurns@providencechurch.org
Phone: 703.978.3934

The Rev. Dr. Michael P. Burns is in his ninth year at our church. He was called as the Senior Pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 31, 2009, and began serving our congregation in July of 2009.

Mick believes that our faith requires balance and this kind of balance is best achieved when we obey Jesus’ commands as outlined in Matthew’s gospel.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40, NRSV)

The Rev. Dr. Burns writes, “I take Jesus’ command seriously and strive to find a balance in my faith. I seek to have a balance in my own life of serious theological study, faithful living, family time, exercise, and service to my community. We are called to love others as our neighbor even if they are outside the margins of our own comfort zone. This balance is achieved by being open to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit helps guide and direct our lives.”

Education

Mick attended The University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota, on academic and football scholarships. He was awarded a B.A. in Religion & Philosophy and a B.A. in Business Administration in 1978.

In his senior year, the faculty awarded Mick the rank of College Fellow in Religion & Philosophy. That same year, Mick was named to the All Conference Football Team of the North Dakota College Athletic Conference.

Mick earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1983, with a major in Preaching. He conducted his further studies through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) and McCormick Theological Seminary, completing the Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching in 1999.

Experience

Mick has served as Head of Staff at Northbrook Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, MI, from 2002-2009. Mick has also served congregations in Moorhead, MN; Grand Haven, MI; and Willmar, MN. He has served on the board and executive committee of the Minnesota Council of Churches.

In the Presbytery of Detroit, Mick served for six years on the Mission Interpretation, Projects and Partnerships Committee, and was a member of the Hands-On-Mission Team. These groups transformed the very nature of mission in the Presbytery, and their committee has led several hands-on mission trips in and around Detroit and other parts of the country.

Dr. Burns has served for six years on the Commission of Preparation for Ministry for The Presbytery of National Capital and is currently the Chair of the Exam Teams for the Commission on Ministry.

Mission Work

In the Presbytery of Detroit, Mick served for six years on the Mission Interpretation, Projects and Partnerships Committee, and was a member of the Hands-On-Mission Team. These groups transformed the very nature of mission in the Presbytery, and their committee has led several hands-on mission trips in and around Detroit and other parts of the country.

Mick led two trips to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance sites in Mississippi and Louisiana after hurricane Katrina. The Detroit Presbytery continues to sponsor two trips a year to disaster sites affected by the hurricane.

He has continued to work with Mission projects here at Providence Presbyterian Church. He will be joining us for a third time on our mission trip to Webster Springs, West Virginia in May, 2018. He is a regular participant in Rebuilding Together, another important mission project of our congregation.

Mick was chosen to attend Princeton Theological Seminary’s 2009 Holy Land Pastoral Renewal Program, June 10 – 24, 2009. This was Mick’s second trip to the Holy Land. In 1990, he traveled to the Holy Land as part of a Peacemaking program sponsored by Presbyterian Church (USA).

The Rev. Dr. Burns received a Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant for his summer sabbatical, June – August, in 2016. As a part of that grant Mick and his wife, Joni, and family traveled to Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland and Norway.

Family

Mick is married to Joni Burns who is an educator in the Fairfax County Public Schools system and currently teaches at Spring Hill Elementary School in McLean, VA. Mick and Joni have two grown sons, Sean and Kerry. The year 2018 marks 40 years of marriage. They are proud grandparents of Evan and Sophia Anderson and a new-born granddaughter Vivian Mae Burns.

Interests and Hobbies

Mick has a strong interest in music. He studied music theory and sang in the college choir at The University of Jamestown. He plays guitar and is a talented drummer. He and his wife Joni enjoy traveling. Mick also enjoys reading, bicycling, kayaking, and golf.