About Burien Community Church

A Radically Inclusive Christian Community of Faith

On this journey of faith...

we come from all different backgrounds. We are made up of different ages, cultures, and denominations.

Some of us have recently found the church while others of us have spent our whole lives in the congregation. Still others have journeyed away and have come back.

We are connected on this journey of faith, seeking a deeper commitment to Jesus the Christ, our Savior, Redeemer and Friend, and to each other as the Body of Christ on earth.

Meet our Pastor!

​Paul Schneider was called to be our Pastor for the interim in June of 2017. Then in December of 2018 he was called to be the Pastor of the church.

A native of Oakland, CA, and a lifelong member of First Baptist Berkeley, he graduated in May 2017 from the Berkeley School of Theology (formerly ABSW) with a Masters of Divinity. Paul has five children, Cesa Lee (who lives in Idaho), Merritt, Cayan, Brandon and Bailey. Paul and the kids moved up to Bonney Lake in July of 2016 and are loving life here in the Pacific Northwest. Paul was ordained on October 14th, 2018, by his church of origin, the First Baptist Church of Berkeley, a fellow Evergreen Church.​​

In addition to being a Pastor, Paul is the Associate Executive Minister of Operations & Administration for the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches. Between these two callings, he's a busy guy, but never too busy to talk. You can reach him at paul@buriencommunitychurch.org.

Our Roots...

are American Baptist, but we are a community church.

Our history contains the stories of Gregory Heights Baptist Church, which existed at our current location, and Columbia Baptist Church in Seattle.The two congregations came together in the 1990's, and Burien Community Church emerged in 1996.

We are affiliated with the Evergreen Association of the American Baptist Churches, USA. We are also a member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America/Bautistas Por la Paz, and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.