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We welcome the Rev. Dan Burner as our interim rector, who joined us on March 1st. Rev. Dan brings with him a wealth of ministry experience, having served in various capacities, most recently as the Interim Rector of All Saints Phoenix. His background in both pastoral care and professional expertise makes him a valuable addition to our community.

After earning his Master in Divinity program in residence from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Dan was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of California at Grace Cathedral San Francisco and served at historic All Saints in that city. He also served as Rector at St. Mark’s Penn Yan in New York. Before seminary he had two careers; initially with 17 years in human resource management across a variety of industries, and another in finance and marketing.

Dan was born in Ohio and raised in Phoenix. He graduated from Northern Arizona University. He enjoys sailing and other outdoor activities. He lives in Tempe with his partner, the Rev. Dr. Dessórdi (Sam) Leite, and has two married daughters and four grandchildren.

Rev. Dan’s commitment to understanding our congregation’s needs has already been demonstrated through his participation in our recent Vestry-Staff strategic retreat, and we eagerly anticipate the journey ahead under his guidance.

Rev. Dan will serve as our leader until we call our permanent rector. The search process for that soon will be officially launched after our Day of Discovery on March 23.

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