Our Church Staff
Pastor: Reverend Trey Burns
I was born and raised in Bellaire, Texas, on the southwest side of Houston. My eventual career choice perhaps shouldn’t have been a surprise – I was born at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, so I can truly claim to be a Methodist from birth! I attended Bellaire High School (c/o 2009) and Rice University (Hanszen College, c/o 2013; B.A. in History and Psychology), all while attending Bellaire United Methodist Church. I received my Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2017, and was commissioned as a provisional elder in the Texas Annual Conference that same year. After completing my ministerial residency, I was ordained an elder in full connection in May 2019. My time here at Whitehouse UMC began on July 1, 2019.
Favorite Bible Passage: All of Revelation chapters 21 and 22. The vision of God’s promised kingdom and the message of hope in those verses are such beautiful reminders of God’s abiding love for us.
Passion in Ministry: Walking alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ and helping them live into God’s life-changing grace. I fell in love with theological study in seminary, so teaching studies and classes is also a joy!
Outside the Church: I’m an avid reader with a few piles of to-be-read books scattered around my house. When I manage to look up from a book, I can usually be found out on a run or walk. And of course, I love spending time with my extended family – most of my relatives live in the greater Houston area.
A favorite quote: “Ecclesiastes calls you the All-Powerful; the Maccabees call you the Creator; the Epistle to the Ephesians calls you liberty; Baruch calls you Immensity; the Psalms call you Wisdom and Truth; John calls you Light; the Books of Kings call you Lord; Exodus calls you Providence; Leviticus, Sanctity; Esdras, Justice; the creation calls you God; but Solomon calls you Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all your names.”
-Bishop Myriel, in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, on names for God.