Rev. Dr. Chase Burns

Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. Chase Burns was appointed to Central beginning July 2023. He has since fallen in love with Central UMC and says, "My favorite thing about Central is the community here. No matter where you are in your journey of life and faith, you are welcomed and loved here!  Central UMC has this exciting atmosphere of living in the love of Christ here in “The Heart of Fayetteville.” From many ways to experience worship (contemporary and traditional) to growing in faith and community through small groups and Sunday schools, to engaging in missional work locally, regionally, and abroad, Central UMC is an exciting place to experience and grow in a community of faith."

 Chase, what is your favorite restaurant in Fayetteville? 

 I have this little hobby, “Exploring Northwest Arkansas,” and I have a list of places to visit and experience. Locally, I love to check out venues in what I call, “The Heart of Fayetteville” (Basically anywhere from school to 49 and North Street down to 15th street – anywhere you can ride one of the electric scooters ). In “The Heart of Fayetteville,” a few of my recent ventures have taken me to the following places (I’ll include a few recommendations): Theater Squared (Hummus Plate and Show-inspired Cocktails), Borodino’s (the Sea Scallops and Portobello Mushroom Lasagna), ONF CoOp (Coffee), Cheers: At The Old Post Office (Kobe “Akaushi” Hamburger), Feed & Folly (Charcuterie Board), & The Hills Hideaway (Goat Cheese Bombs & Truffle Fries).

 And what is your favorite NWA activity?

My background is in music and theater, so one of my favorite NWA activities is going to local performances. Many of the local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops host guest artists! So far, I have seen jazz sets at the Cork and the Keg, a blues band at Six Twelve Coffeehouse, several bands at Nomads and The CoOp, three shows at Theater Squared, many concerts at The Walmart AMP, Broadway shows at The Walton Art Center, most of the SoNa performances since moving here, and several U of A, local studios, ensembles, duets, and church performances offered here at Central UMC. 

What are you passionate about in your faith?

Christ cared for the marginalized, the displaced, those in need, and those whom society named unfit, unwanted, and unworthy of community, care, and love – Jesus loved them without complication. Not only that, but Jesus also showed us how to love others through simple actions of caring for their being, which led to long-lasting and life-changing relationships. My passion in faith is participating and seeing others share the love of Jesus – loving without complications.


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