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After Rachel and I were married, we followed God’s call toward pastoral ministry. For three years, I studied theology and ministry at Denver Seminary and Rachel studied education at Regis University. We now have three children.

Aside from writing, my greatest interests are in church history, classic literature, and cross-cultural studies. I also enjoy wilderness hiking, birding, and playing tennis. Feel free to check out my blog, where I regularly write devotional poetry and thoughts on theology and American culture (


A major part of my work as pastor is a ministry of intercessory prayer, so please feel free to contact me if you have a prayer request or just need someone to talk to. We hope you’ll come and visit our church! 

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Matt

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Welcome to the website of the Second Baptist Church of Calais! My name is Rev. Dr.  Matt Burden, and I’ve been serving as the pastor of 2BC since 2010. I was born in northern Maine, and my growing-up years were partly spent there and partly on the mission field in Brazil. I attended Houghton College, where I met my wife Rachel and studied missions and linguistics while completing several missionary tours of service in Africa (Sudan, Tanzania, and Angola). I also started writing novels in my spare time, five of which have been published (the most recent are my Christian fantasy-adventure series, The Hidden Kings Trilogy).

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