Paul Burden was born and raised in the Kansas City area. He is married to the
Rev. Cherie Hambleton, and has three children: Christina (17), Blake (15), and
Rachel (5). Paul is a graduate of Central Missouri State University (Bachelor
of Arts) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity).
He is currently working to complete a Master of Arts degree at Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville. Paul has served as a pastor, campus minister, and
reserve military chaplain. Paul considers
it a privilege and joy to be the 12th Pastor of St. John's
In addtion to serving with St. John's
Church, Paul is also a Chaplain Resident with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care,
and a Chaplain with the 126th Air Refueling Wing of the Illinois Air National
Guard. In addition to spending time
with his family, Paul enjoys reading
(especially theology, history, and fiction),jogging, music
country, classic rock, folk), and eating Indian food.