John Burns came from a background of drugs and alcohol in New York. He found Teen Challenge, went through the program and graduated in 1993. Sensing a call to ministry, John went on to earn a diploma in Bible from Youth Challenge International Bible Institute in Pennsylvania.
Next, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Bible College in Missouri. He continued his education and earned a Master of Science in Counseling from University of Phoenix, Bakersfield, CA Campus. John is an Ordained Minister and a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
John joined the staff of Kern County Teen Challenge in 2000. He remained at Kern County until 2014, when he became the Superintendent of Operations at the fledgling outreach center in Fresno. In 2015, the center expanded beyond Fresno to become Central Valley Teen Challenge and shortly thereafter, John was appointed Director, Central Valley Teen Challenge.