Serving Our Church and Our Community
Rev. Paul R. Martin
Our Lead Pastor is Rev. Paul R. Martin. He has been the pastor of our church here in McHenry for more than 25 years. Married with 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren, one of his great passions is learning to live out our faith in Jesus Christ in the context of daily life: marriage, family, work, and community. With that in mind, another lifelong passion of his is presenting relevant messages from the Bible in a popular style that clearly explains the meaning of the Scriptures in a way that answers the question, “So, how shall I then live?”
It is his chief aim in his teaching to make the Bible come alive and be relevant at home and in the marketplace. He has a wide and varied background of experience which includes forty years of preaching and teaching the Bible, coaching and mentoring followers of Jesus Christ and future full-time Christian leaders, and as a business owner and consultant to other Christians who are themselves entrepreneurs or executives in the marketplace.
Pastor Martin believes that following Jesus Christ is not about religion, but about a personal relationship with God that affects every area of our lives, bringing all of our choices and experiences under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Herb Burnap
Associate Pastor, Church Business Manager, Director of Small Group Ministry
Born in Texas and raised in a Christian home, Herb Burnap accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of ten. As a young man he attended Baylor University prior to joining the U.S. Army in 1960. After three years of service in West Germany, he returned to Baylor were he met and married Rita, his wife and help-mate of 40 years. Together they have been blessed with two children, Heidi and Sam—now grown and married—and three grandchildren.
During a 30-year business career with Moore Business Forms that ranged from Texas to New York to Canada and back to Texas again, Herb moved his family to Illinois in 1986 to accept a national sales leadership position at corporate headquarters. From 1987 until 1993 he provided executive leadership for Moore’s national accounts program. At the end of 1996, he accepted an early retirement.
In 2003 the Burnaps moved from the Chicago area to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where Herb “semi-retired” while Rita pursued her full-time career as a portrait artist. In December of 2004, Herb accepted a call from the Alliance Bible Church of McHenry as Director of their Small Group Ministry and Church Business Manager. He also serves as the Chairman of the Elder/Deacons Committee and a member of the Church Leadership Team.