Fr. Burch was raised in Chugiak, Alaska, where his family helped found a small, semi-rural mission congregation. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he studied Religion and Russian Language as well as Music. Directly after graduating, he began Master of Divinity studies at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He graduated in 2004, then spent one year as a Chaplain Resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After being endorsed for healthcare ministries by the Rt. Rev. George Packard in 2005, he worked as a professional Chaplain for eight years. He ministered in hospice, intensive care, and emergency clinical areas. He was ordained to the priesthood in January 2014 by the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee and called as the Associate Rector at St. Chrysostom.
Ian began as rector of St. Mark’s on January 1, 2016. He is particularly interested in church growth and finding clever ways for parishes to serve God in tangible ways in the community. He is also interested in how holy liturgy shapes us for Christ’s service in the world as well as the different ways a parish can be a powerful partner with other local community organizations for the support and aid of those in need.
He lives with his husband Travis Trott, a social worker and therapist. They enjoy travel and are excited to learn more about Milwaukee.