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Reverend Dr. Dave Burgess

Senior Pastor –

Reverend Dr. Dave Burgess

Pastor Dave grew up in Springfield, Missouri and received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1996. After two years in “the real world”, one of which was spent driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, he went to the Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2001.

Before coming to Joplin, Dave served churches in Southern California and L.A. (Lower Alabama.) He completed his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2013 with a focus on “Gospel and Culture.”


Dave married his wife, Sarah, in 2003 and they have three wonderful children: Amelia (12), Sadie (10), and Samuel (6). Sarah is a communication arts teacher at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

His hobbies include watching Mizzou sports, playing noon time basketball at the YMCA, experimenting in the kitchen, following local, national, and international politics, and squeezing in the occasional game on the XBOX.

  • Favorite Book: Candide
  • Favorite Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Favorite Musician: Buddy Holly

  • Favorite Place to Eat in Joplin: Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs
  • Fun Fact: Dave celebrated his 40th birthday by going skydiving for the first time.

First Presbyterian Church

Our Church Staff

Director of KidStuff Preschool: Marla Testerman

Church Administrator and Publications: Beverly Scroggins

Financial and Business Administrator: Mary Wilson

Shoalkirk Ranger: Richard Sapp

Music Directors: Karen and Terry Dolanc

Organist: William Roehling

First Presbyterian Church of Joplin
509 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, Missouri 64801
Phone: 417-624-2432
Fax: 417-624-6494

Sunday9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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