Brian Fannin

Florence Campus Pastor

Life Story

I grew up in Greenup and Boyd Counties in eastern KY. I was raised by loving parents who valued hard work and simple living. We went to church regularly. We did not have much but I was never hungry. God was good, but He was also a little scary to me.

I truly came to know the Lord when I was twenty. I always knew of Him but head knowledge and heart knowledge came together as I was brought to the end of myself. I was centered on myself until the Lord began showing me how utterly empty and lost I was. I am still learning those lessons, but the grace of Christ is continually growing and changing me.

2 Corinthians 5:21 along with Galatians 2:20 are the crucible of what God did for me through Jesus. He took all of my mess to the cross and gave me His perfect life and perfect standing before God. This great exchange of His perfection for my sin is the deepest mystery and the most profound life-changing event that is mine by faith. It never gets old. It never ceases to blow my mind.

Amy is my amazing, beautiful wife. She and I have three children. We first came to GFC after losing our fourth child, Josh, soon after birth. We came deeply hurting and heartbroken. Through the love of the people and the teaching, we developed a deeper trust in God.

I became an elder at GFC in 2012 and became full-time staff in 2014. One thing I enjoy about serving at GFC is the passion and excitement of the people. God has given GFC some of the most humble, talented, gifted, and faithful servants I have ever known. We don’t try to do everything, but by God’s grace, what we do is done with excellence.

Hope for GFC

My hope for GFC is that we pursue God’s desire for His church. Bigger does not mean better, but dreaming God’s will involves taking steps of faith that only work when He makes them work. I want to follow Christ and be able to say with others, “Look at what God has done here. It is more than we could have ever imagined.”