Lead Pastor Nathan Burch

Nathan and his wife Leannah were married in June of 2002. They have 3 children, Alexis, Alyssa, and Javan. Nathan graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 2004. After serving for over 6 years as a Youth Pastor, God opened the door for Nathan to become the Pastor at Aurora Baptist Temple in 2009. Nathan loves spending time with his friends and family as well as hunting treasures at auctions.


Worship/Youth Pastor Christian Martin

Christian and his wife Christine have been married since 2019. They have three children, Avery, Finn, and Calvin. Christian graduated from Baptist Bible College in 2021 with a degree in Biblical Counseling. Christian has been the Student and Worship Pastor since March of 2023. Christian enjoys spending time with his family and playing guitar.




Kids Director Amber Souza

My name is Amber Souza and I am the Children’s Ministry Director here at ABT where I teach children’s church, oversee our AWANA ministry, and lead our children’s choir. I’ve been on staff since August of 2013 and a member of this church over the last 20+ years. I graduated from Baptist Bible College in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education and Bible which allows me to be a light in our school district as a 3rd-grade teacher while also teaching kids here at the church. I’m passionate about ministry, kids, and teaching and I’m so very thankful to be a part of the great things that God is doing at Aurora Baptist Temple!

Seniors Pastor Leland Burch

Leland Burch has been in ministry for more than 40 years. He pastored two churches in Springfield Missouri before joining the staff here at ABT in 2014. He finished his doctorate in ministry in 2009. Pastor Leland teaches the Senior’s Sunday school class and mid-week Bible study. Pastor Leland like sports of any kind especially the STL Blues hockey team and is very passionate about golf. He has two sons Nathan and Andrew, and three grandchildren, Alexis, Alyssa, and Javan.



Missions Pastor Mike Hillhouse

Pastor kindPastor Mike has been on staff since 2021. Mike graduated from Baptist Bible College and served as a Missionary to the country of Burkina Faso in Africa for over 15 years. Mike and Pam have 2 children, Blake and Aubrey. Mike enjoys watching his Kansas City Chiefs and spending time with his family.




Office Administrator Cody Murray

Cody and her husband Brian have been married since 2003. They share two children, Rylee who is pursing a degree in nursing at MSU, and Mason who attends Aurora High School. Cody works as an administrative assistant for the Aurora School District. She joined the staff as Office Administrator in January 2023.