Senior Pastor, Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena, Pasadena, California
Jean Burch, affectionately known as “Pastor Jean,” is senior pastor of the Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena. She previously served the church as assistant pastor under her father, Pastor Emeritus John W. Burch. Although born in Arkansas, Pastor Jean has lived in Pasadena since she was three years old.
Before joining CBC in a pastoral role in 2000, she spent 20 years in the legal profession as director of legal recruitment and professional development for two Los Angeles law firms. During that time she also served as president of the Los Angeles Association of Legal Recruiting Administrators and on the board of directors of the National Association for Law Placement. She spent the last six years of her legal career at the Los Angeles County Bar Association as the director of Continuing Legal Education.
Pastor Jean earned an AA from Pasadena City College, BS in Organizational Leadership from Biola University, and MAGL from Fuller. She served for three years on the faculty of the Lloyd Ogilvie Preaching with Passion Conferences sponsored by Fuller. She has ministered internationally in Costa Rica, Greece, Israel and South Africa.
She is currently president/CEO of the Community Bible Community Development Corporation, which owns and operates apartment complexes that provide affordable housing and social services for over 1,500 residents in Pasadena. She is also a founding member and past president of the Clergy Community Coalition, which works with civic and community leaders in greater Pasadena.
In 2003 Pastor Jean was given the 29th Congressional Women in Leadership Award, presented by Congressman Adam Schiff. In 2004 she was invited to deliver the opening prayer at a session of the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Other accolades she has received include the NAACP Pasadena Chapter Faith Award and the Pasadena Police Department Community Partnership Award.
Pastor Jean wrote a chapter in the book Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry, Missional Engagement, and Congregational Change by Mark Lau Branson—one of five narratives describing how appreciative inquiry changed Community Bible Church. She is a proud mother and grandmother and blessed to have her family in ministry with her at CBC.