Chaplain Burd was born and raised in Dinuba, California. LT Burd attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he earned a B.A. in Christian Ministries while working as the PLNU Athletics public address announcer. Upon completion of his degree at PLNU, Burd moved to Kansas City, MO to attend Nazarene Theological Seminary, where he earned an M.Div. Burd also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education internship at Research Medical Center in Kansas City where he focused on trauma care.
Before coming on Active Duty, LT Burd served as Senior Pastor of Crossroads Community Church of the Nazarene in Sedalia, MO from 2012-2016. He is ordained an Elder and endorsed by the Church of the Nazarene. LT Burd accepted a commission as an Ensign in the Chaplain Candidate Program in 2012 and served aboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) for On the Job Training. He accepted a commission as a Navy Chaplain in January 2016. In his free time Chaplain Burd enjoys distance running, road cycling and watching the San Diego Padres.
WHY A CHAPLAIN?
Navy Chaplains have the incredible opportunity to serve alongside United States Marines. The ultimate responsibility of a Chaplain is to ensure each person’s constitutional right to the free exercise of religion. The Chaplain Corps does this through its’ four core functions: providing for the Chaplain’s own faith tradition; facilitating for others; caring for all – whether religious or not; and advising the command on issues pertaining to religion, ethics, and morale.
Perhaps the greatest tool the Chaplain brings to the table is 100% CONFIDENTIALITY. That means that WHATEVER is told to a military chaplain in their role as spiritual advisor by an authorized user, as an act of religion or matter of conscience, cannot be shared. This is a great responsibility, and one that your Chaplain does not take lightly.
Started in 1971, the mission of CREDO (Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation) is to strengthen spiritual well-being and individual resilience through workshops and retreats for Department of the Navy service members, civilians, and families. Navy District Washington (NDW) offers two types of CREDO Retreats: Marriage Enrichment Retreats and Personal Resiliency Retreats. All retreats are free to attend, and do not provide childcare.