Brad is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary, with his Master of Divinity. He’s a certified biblical counselor with ACBC (Assoc. of Certified Biblical Counselors), author of the book Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols, as well as a national conference speaker. He and his wife, Vicki, have been married since 1986 and have five adult children.
I was born in Michigan to loving parents, along with my twin brother, Brian. Throughout my childhood, I lived in Maryland, Pittsburgh, Spain, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. I consider Knoxville home because my parents still live there and I went to high school there.
When I was five, my brother and I attended VBS and brought home worksheets that said “For all have sinned…” Romans 3:23. This offended my mom and dad who believed sinners were bad people, doing bad things, and certainly not their precious boys. Mrs. Kirkpatrick, who invited us to VBS, then invited my parents to a Friday night adult Bible study, where my parents both came to faith in Christ.
In 1986, while serving as a Youth/Music Pastor at a church, I was significantly challenged by a sermon series on the sovereignty of God over ALL things. I decided to read all the way through the Bible, specifically looking for every reference to God’s sovereignty that I could find. That personal study greatly impacted me and has become a bedrock doctrine that encourages and steadies me in the face of all fears and personal suffering. To this day, I still use the same Bible I read and marked up all those years ago.
After nearly 10 years as a Youth/Music Pastor, I had a burden to be a lead pastor and to plant a church that was different. I desired a church that was characterized by spiritual transformation instead of just lots of Bible information. To do that, I wanted to focus on small groups, passionate worship, intentional leadership development, and biblical counseling. So, it was with that passion that I agreed to be the first pastor of GFC, and began serving on Jan. 1, 1996.
I married my beloved Vicki in 1986 and we now have 5, young-adult children. We laugh a lot and love simply spending time together on the patio or over meals. I also love reading, (especially biographies) listening to music (all kinds), working in the yard and watching college or NFL football.
Hope for GFC
To not compromise on being and doing what God’s called us to do. To see us launch more campuses in other areas, so that more people can serve each other at close range, and reach out to hurting people in their community.