About Brian

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) and attended Miami University. It was at Miami that I was saved by God’s grace. After graduation I married my high school sweetheart, Nikki, and moved to Kalamazoo, MI. It was through involvement in my local church that I felt a desire to attend seminary and serve the Lord as a Pastor. After receiving an M. Div. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Spring 2002, we began our ministry at Grand Ledge Baptist Church. I currently serve as one of the church’s Co-Pastors.

We have three children.  I enjoy just about anything that involves them.

I love to read and study. In fact, school is my primary hobby. In 2007 I completed a Master of Theology in Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary with my thesis work on the Emerging Church Movement. In 2008 I began a Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary emphasizing leadership, teaching, and spiritual development in the missional church.

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  1. Jim Normandin
    December 16, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Brian, per your suggestion on Thursday I’ve been out reading blogs and your website here at church. “About Brian” above as I read it I was reminded of Maximus in the arena in the movie Gladiator.
    I did read the part of the blog about leadership and the 8 or 9 points. Good thougths for leaders. Reflect, forgive and move forward comes to mind.

  2. Kenneth England
    February 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I got 100% Christian/Protestant/Conservative on the quiz.

  3. January 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Brian,

    I live in Dallas, Georgia and stumbled on your blog after spending much time reading about N.T. Wright. I’m a worship leader and find inspiration from reformed theology, I call it humble theology, anyhow, just wanted to drop in and say God bless you guys. Looks like you fellows are doing a great work there!
    check out my band Sola Gratia on the website! God bless!

  4. June 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hey Brian I saw that you have blogged about the New Perspective on Paul. If you are familiar with “The Paul Page”, I recently had an interview with the man who created “The Paul Page”. Check it out if you are interested.
    http://sethodom.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-with-paul-page-creator-mark.html

    Thanks,
    Seth Odom
    Jefferson, GA

  5. John/Anita Muir
    January 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Pastor Brian: My husband & I were blessed especially this AM as you spoke from Deuteronomy 4!
    What a neat video! Loved the kids’ involvement & comedy! We’ve been at GLBC almost a year now and enjoy the fellowship and messages from God’s Word! You & your family are such an
    important part of the church-and I just wanted you to know we deeply appreciate your ministry!!
    Anita & John Muir

  6. John/Anita Muir
    March 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Brian & Nikki: We enjoyed the lunch last Sunday giving us opportunity to get better acquainted with you pastors & families, as well as some newer folks. We are “seniors” and don’t get too involved with activities, but I have attended Womens’ Bible studies & exercise. We find GLBC most gracious & hospitable, and know God is blessing & ministering every week!!
    Anita & John Muir

  7. John/Anita Muir
    May 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Great messages from 1 John!! Practicable & Encouraging!

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  9. Gerard
    December 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

    https://triangularchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/jim-cymbalas-missional-theology/

    Brian,

    There are some very deragotory comments about a pastor on one of your posts on Jim Cymbala. You should really think about removing them. Its slander and gossip.

    thanks

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