We welcomed Rev. Brian Adkins as our Senior Pastor for Willow Glen United Methodist Church on July 1, 2020. Pastor Brian served on the pastoral team of Epworth and Trinity United Methodist churches in Berkeley, CA from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, as well as 2008-2010. From 2014-2019, Pastor Brian served as Pastor of Open Door UMC in Richmond, CA.
Pastor Brian grew up in rural Ohio, where his Pentecostal grandmother had a great impact on his faith and formation. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked in nonprofit development, as a fundraiser and program manager, and was trained as a faith-based community organizer.
Pastor Brian is known throughout the United Methodist community as a former member of the United Methodist Commission on a Way Forward, as well as a former board member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, and one of 144 clergy signers of the 2016 #CalledOUT letter.
He holds a Master’s in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion.
"Your Word is like a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." ~ Jeremiah 20:9