Leadership Team

Rev. Jennifer Burns

Senior Pastor

Pastor Jennifer Burns holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan and a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. She grew up at Epworth United Methodist Church in Toledo, OH and Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church in Westerville, OH. Jennifer has held a number of ministry positions since graduating from seminary to include:

  • Charter member of the Church for All People in Columbus, OH (2002-2006). This was a church plant.
  • Children’s Minister at Dayton Korean United Methodist Church (2006-07)
  • Assistant to the Miami Valley District Superintendent for Missions (2006-07)
  • Intern at New Leaf Church which was a young adult emergent church plant in Maryland (2008-10),
  • Pastor of Howard United Methodist Church in Findlay, OH (2010-15),
  • Pastor of Brookville Community Methodist Church (2015-17).

Pastor Jennifer became an Ordained Full Elder in 2013. She has a deep love for all people as written in scripture, 1 John 4:8, God is love. As a Pastor, she is motivated by the scripture of the shepherd leaving the flock to search for the one lost sheep, but adds that she is not a “lone ranger” in that task. She is passionate and intelligent with giftedness in preaching, collaborative team ministry, and visioning.

Jennifer is married to John Burns, who is a hobby board game designer, primary caretaker for their son Micah, and also helping to plant a church in Springfield, OH. Micah was born August 2014. Their second child is due April 27, 2017. Jennifer loves tea, creativity, and reading fiction. John loves board games and other creative endeavors. Micah loves vehicles and dancing.


Nicholas Harper

Ministry Assistant

Nicholas joined Memorial Church as Ministry Assistant in October 2017. Nicholas is a highly gifted and well-versed artist. He has studied Music Education at the University of Toledo, Fashion Design at Kent State University under the guidance of some of the industry’s top designers and tailors, and is a graduate of Lourdes University with a BA in Theological Studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Toledo ROTC program where he has earned the rank of Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Adjutant General Corp.
He is currently attending Regent University full-time to complete a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.
Nicholas developed a passion for the things of God at a young age and is known for his heartfelt ministry; manifested through praise, worship and the preaching of the Gospel. Prior to his progressive preaching ministry, he has been celebrated as a captivating choir master and gifted musician.
When Nick is not working at Memorial Church, he is busy serving as Worship Leader and Associate Minister at two area churches as well as Founder and CEO of Eden Tailoring, exercising his design and tailoring talents by creating clerical and custom tailored garments.