Zion Lutheran   Redmond OR          

Pastors Bio

Pastor Eric Burtness
I have been a Lutheran pastor since 1981.  I believe that the local congregation is the hope of the world and the center of the church.  My guiding Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord; plans to prosper you, not to harm you; plans to give you a future with hope.”  I believe that God knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139) and has a purpose for your life.  My “job” as a pastor is to engage, empower, and equip people for ministry, and to develop devoted disciples.  As such, my role is to help people discover their God-given gifts for ministry, and then provide opportunities for them to develop that ministry.  I am Christ centered, mission driven, traditionally grounded, and congregationally focused.
I teach, write, lead, discern, unite, and proclaim the Good News of a relationship with Jesus Christ that is real and purposeful that brings transformative life-change.

Workshops I’ve led:
2013:  “Beyond Question” KAIROS Lenten Journey continuing education event for pastors.
2012:  “Non-Anxious Leadership in Turbulent Times” at a Congregational Mission and Discipleship Event conference.
2007:  “Leading On Purpose” Keynote speaker at an ELCA NE MN Synod conference.
2002-2007:  “Purpose Driven Lutherans” at Luther Seminary; week long continuing education event for pastors for 6 consecutive years.

Church calls:
2010-present:  Lead Pastor:  Zion Lutheran Church, Redmond, OR
1997-2008:  Senior Pastor:  St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, OR
1992-1997:  Directing Pastor:  First Lutheran Church, Red Wing, MN
1985-1992:  Associate Pastor:  Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
1981-1985:  Solo Pastor:  St. John Lutheran Church, Wausau, WI

2012:  “Beyond Question”  ELCA Book of Faith Lenten Journey (Augsburg Fortress)
2006:  “A Life Worth Leading”  (Augsburg Fortress)
2004:  “Leading On Purpose”  (Augsburg Fortress)
Prior to 2004:  Multiple book reviews, devotions, articles, and a major published Bible Study.

I am married to Margaret, and together we have five amazing kids and two awesome grandkids!  We love Central Oregon and the people of Zion.  Together we love to hike, kayak, snow shoe, and spend time in God’s wonderful creation.