Dennis Burnett

A Man of Many Hats

by Rev. Randall Clow

Posted August 18, 2020

You may have noticed that Dennis Burnett has a penchant for wearing great hats. They’re often wide brimmed, Indiana Jones-esque fedoras that balance functionality and fashion. Like so many in Beaver-Butler Presbytery, I’ve come to know and love Rev. Dennis Burnett. He has worn “many hats” around our Presbytery and he’ll be missed.

Before being called to ministry, Dennis was a senior systems analyst for Proctor & Gamble. This is just one of many hats that he’s worn over time. Dennis met Ruth when he was transferred to a plant near Scranton. The two were wed and have raised a beautiful family together.

When Dennis felt the call to ordained ministry he wore the hat of a student earning a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1990. He first donned the hat of pastor after being called to the First Presbyterian Church in Monaca where he served faithfully until being called to College Hill Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls. Dennis also served New Sewickley Presbyterian Church near Rochester as pastor before honorably retiring in July. Dennis has served these churches with “energy, intelligence, imagination, and love” (W-4.0404h).

Many of us came to know Dennis because of his other Beaver-Butler Presbytery hat, that of assistant stated clerk. For over 15 year’s Dennis’s meticulous attention to detail, knowledge of polity, and devotion to our denomination have helped enable the churches of Beaver-Butler Presbytery to express the Gospel of Jesus in word and deed. Dennis as has been a wise counselor and trusted colleague.

Dennis and Ruth are moving to Virginia to be close to their children and grandchildren. He may wear the hat of a grandfather but I’m sure his ministry will continue there. Please join me in thanking the Reverend Dennis Burnett for the many hats he’s worn and the ways in which he served and continues to serve our risen Savior.