When did God become more than a word to you?
When I was young, my parents were pretty good about bringing us to church every Sunday, but that is all we did in terms of God’s presence in our lives. I also remember reading the book of John in a Gideon Bible someone gave my family. The seeds were planted, but the reality came when Mike Rinker, who was with Young Life, started showing up regularly at our high school. Mike turned out to be a guy I could really talk to. He took a handful of my friends and me to a Young Life camp in Colorado where I heard the Gospel for the first time. The idea that God created me and wanted to be in a relationship with me was new to me. However, I felt like I needed to get my life in order before I could really surrender it to God. Miraculously, the next night the speaker said, “If you’re waiting to get your life together, it’s not going to happen. God just asks us to give what we know of ourselves to what we know of him and let him do the rest.” That was a slam dunk for me. God became real to me on July 15, 1978, while I was on a mountain in Colorado when I first confessed his love for me and my desire to follow him.
What do you do as Pastor of Congregational Life?
I’m a connector and ¬¬developer. My role is to help people connect to Christ and to one another. That has really been my life’s mission because I believe God has called us to be in relationship with him, first and foremost; that’s the vertical relationship. The horizontal relationship is with each other in loving, caring relationships which prompt us to serve one another and help meet people’s needs. As the developer, my responsibility is to help people grow in their relationships with Christ and other people, which is really the embodiment of Fifth’s mission statement, “Growing disciples who make disciples.” My specific tasks include supporting the church’s existing ministries, as well as creating new educational programs, community groups, and opportunities to serve beyond our church family.
What is something people might not know about you?
I have been skydiving three times. I love life’s thrills, any kind of adventurous things.
What are some of your favorite things?
Spending time with my wife Becky, my two adult kids and our grandson, playing golf, building projects, and working in the yard.
Email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org