Rev. John Burns II, pastor and council candidate, dies

Rev. John Burns IIRev. John Burns II, who founded First A.M.E. (FAME) Church of Farmington Hills, died unexpectedly Friday evening.

Burns, 71, had declared his candidacy for Farmington Hills city council. He apparently suffered a medical event that led to a single-car accident. He had been pastor at First A.M.E. over the past four years and in ministry since 2001.

According to a biography on his campaign’s website, the native Detroiter and Wayne State alum worked with the Farmington Area Interfaith Association, The Multicultural/Multiracial (MCMR) Community Council of Farmington/Farmington Hills, ACLU People Power, Black Methodist Alliance, Michigan Faith in Action, and, Poor People’s Campaign, working toward the goal of “building the beloved community.”

“We are a unique community – one that has shown its commitment to diversity in many ways. And we can build on that history. It is our core strength. Now, more than ever, we must reach out to ensure that all voices are heard as we move forward to make our community even better,” he wrote. 

Rev. Burns is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rev. Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, two sons, Seve John Burns and Dr. Robert S. Burns (Jade Curry Burns), and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at First AME Church of Farmington Hills, 29887 W. 11 Mile Rd., in the sanctuary of Nardin Park United Methodist Church. A public family hour will precede the service, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Information about where to send charitable donations in lieu of flowers will be shared when it is available.

This developing story will be updated as more information is received. The day of Rev. Burns’ death was incorrectly reported in the original version of this post.