Worship Pastor

Russ Burch

Our Worship Pastor, Russ Burch, has served the congregation of West Side for many years. He attended Olivet Nazarene University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, followed by a Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University. He was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene in July of 2009. In the spring of 2019, Russ retired from his job as band director with the Taylorville School District, following over three decades of educating the youth of the Midwest. "God has blessed me in so many ways," he says. "I'm super excited about what He has in store for West Side in the coming days!"

Russ' wife, Rachel, also graduated from Olivet Nazarene University. She serves as the president of West Side's local chapter of Nazarene Missions International and is active in many other areas, including children's ministries and the church's praise team. Russ and Rachel have two young adult daughters, three adult sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and two very doted-upon grandsons.

  April 2021  
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