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Burien First is part of the Assemblies of God Fellowship, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination.
Lead Pastor–Richie Nelson
Richie grew up the son of a carpenter learning how to work with his and build alongside of his father. He is a fourth generation pentecostal who is overjoyed about Jesus. Richie felt called to be a pastor when he was in 5th grade and has been faithfully following that calling since then. He has served by leading worship, youth pastoring, directing small groups, and church planting. He became the associate pastor at Burien First in 2016, serving under Pastor Lynn White. In 2017, Pastor White passed the baton to Richie and retired after 32 years of ministry in Burien.
Richie met his wife, Hannah, at a church retreat while they were in college. After breaking his heart multiple times during college and after, she finally agreed to marry him. They sealed the deal on 1-1-11. In his free time, Richie has epic lightsaber battles with his 3 year old son, Silas. He and Hannah also have a 6 month old son, Sage.