Ruth Burgess is the pastor of Bruen Chapel.  Ruth has a B.S. in Religious Studies from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She has done additional graduate study in Religion and Literature at the University of Virginia, as well as in a K-6 Graduate Teacher Certification program offered through Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA. As part of her program of continuing education, Ruth regularly takes advantage of professional seminars offered through the United Methodist Church, has recently been involved in a series of community college professional development courses on non-profit management, and also over the past few years travelled to the Holy Land, Greece, Great Britain, Germany, and South Korea, in order to have direct exposure to the geographical and cultural settings important to the early development and later history of our faith and the ministry and mission of the church over time.

She is married to the Rev. Mark Burgess who also is a United Methodist pastor serving another local church in Northern Virginia and is the mother of two young adults, Nathan and Noelle.