Rob Burdette was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, graduating from Kent State University in 1974.
He continued his studies in Corrections in the sociology department at KSU, while beginning his professional career as a probation officer at the Summit County Juvenile Court.
Rob and Patty were married in 1979 and after a few years, they moved to Knox County Ohio where Patty had accepted a position with Kenyon College.
Rob and Patty were the Unit Coordinators and both were adjunct faculty members at the Oglala Lakota College.
Rob began his pastoral career as a part-time interim pastor at Gilead Mennonite Church.
He was appointed Director of The Center for Restorative Justice of North-Central Ohio in 2000.
Rob completed his MA degree in the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University in 2002, was ordained while pastoring at the Summit Mennonite Church in Barberton, Ohio in 2004.
has recently completed the requisite training and coursework with the Interim Ministry Network.
Shalom is the eighth church he has served as a Transitional Pastor.
and Patty Burdette make their permanent home in Knox County, Ohio.
and Patty have five married children and are anticipating their tenth grandchild.