Rob Burdette

Rob Burdette

Director at The Center for Restorative Justice of North Central Ohio

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Transition Pastor - FMC

Transitional Pastor - Shalom Mennonite Church

Pastor - Calvary Baptist Church


B.A.Kent State University

MA degreeEastern Mennonite University

Masters - Conflict Transformation , EMU


Transition Pastor - Mennonite Central Committee

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Rob Burdette, First Mennonite Church
Rob Burdette began as transition pastor at First Mennonite Church on September 25. He comes to Denver from Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, KS. After his family returned from MCC service in Canada and the US in 1998, Rob served the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church USA initially as a consultant in dealing with church conflict. After several years in that role, he was called to the pastorate as an interim pastor and in this role, Rob began to incorporate his experience as a mediator and facilitator into his pastoral duties. His first pastoral assignments were on a part-time basis while he was holding the position as the Director of The Center for Restorative Justice of North Central Ohio (offices in Akron and Wooster, Ohio). In May of 2004, he completed training for transitional pastors with Mennonite Church USA and shortly thereafter accepted a call as a full-time transitional pastor. Networks of transitional pastors developed within the Ohio Conference, Central and Western District Conferences as well as other regional Mennonite conferences in the US. Over the course of several years, he has been participating quarterly in transitional pastors' meetings where specific topics are presented and as a group they analyze and collaborate on individual case studies. Rob has also had additional specialized training in transitional ministry through Mennonite Church USA. Rob said, "I have found each one of my transitional callings to be an exciting and invigorating time for the church involved and for me. Rob is married to Patty, a retired professor from the Ohio State University.

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Rob Bio | Shalom Mennonite Church

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. He 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. Rob and Patty Burdette make their permanent home in Knox County, Ohio. Rob and Patty have five married children and are anticipating their tenth grandchild.

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