Pastor Brian was trained as a faith-based community organizer and sees assets-based community development as an integral part of his ministry. He believes faith should be practical and lived out. He maintains that the Gospel calls us to engage in tough conversations about race, addictions/recovery, wealth disparities, and mental health- including the acknowledgment of the Church’s flaws and failings in these areas. Above all, he believes in the power of love, the impact of grace, and the sacred worth of all God’s children.
Pastor Brian was appointed to Willow Glen UMC in July 2020, having served congregations in the East Bay over the past 8 years. He is originally from Ohio, where he grew up in an Appalachian Pentecostal family. His grandmother was (and her memory still is) a source of inspiration, unconditional love, and stories worth telling. He has served the United Methodist Church in various capacities, notably (and notoriously) as the only openly-gay clergyperson on the Church’s Commission on a Way Forward, a group tasked with helping the global denomination discern a path forward that includes ministry by, with, and for LGBTQ+ folks. He served on the board of the Reconciling Ministries Network and the UMC’s UM Queer Clergy Caucus.
Brian enjoys spending time with friends and with his 7-year-old black lab, Waylon. He appreciates theological reflections and Agatha Christie novels. He enjoys re-wiring old lamps, collecting old carpenter’s levels, and finding other ways of bringing in more light and achieving more balance. He’s found a home of kindred spirits at Willow Glen UMC.