Burke Presbyterian Church (BPC) is thrilled to announce the arrival of its new Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, the Reverend Becca Messman. She will preach at BPC’s Sunday morning worship service (10:00am, in person and online) for the first time on October 24, 2021.
Messman joins BPC from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, where she served for 15 years—5 years as co-pastor and 10 years as associate pastor. There, she ministered to a congregation of about 600 and helped to launch a new worshipping community of recent immigrants called Lunch for the Soul. “Becca has a profound commitment to social witness and mission,” said Eva Thorp, a member of the BPC Pastor Nominating Committee. “It really complements her gifts of pastoral care and preaching.”
A prolific writer, Messman has served as Vice President of the Presbyterian Outlook magazine and co-authored “Cultivated Ministry,” a book about church vitality. She was Co-Chair of VOICE, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. She served as a Young Adult Volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Guatemala and speaks fluent Spanish.
The ministry of the church includes vibrant and engaging programs for all ages, as well as strong local and international mission partnerships focusing on hunger, housing, health, and education. BPC recently completed a major construction project, adding a bright and spacious gathering space and expanding seating capacity in the main worship area. The BPC Preschool occupies the lower level of the building and provides a child-centered, developmental program for young children ages 3 to 5.