“If we don’t change the way we do ministry, we will fail to connect God’s life transforming truth to our constantly changing world.”
I’ve always had a difficult time with the whole personal bio deal. Don’t get me wrong. I know they’re necessary and valuable. They are generally written in the third person as if by someone else, but we know they are approved, if not written, by the person. To get past all of that weirdness, I’m going to give you some first person insights into my life, leadership, and longings. You can then decide whether or not I have something to offer you in your quest to unlock your God-given potential and opportunities.
I’m not the typical pastor. Truth is, I don’t relate to many of them. To this day, I’m not in love with the title, which is why I prefer to be called Brad. Though I will never fit into the “pastor box,” I do know that I’m called by God to be one. In fact, I’ve been serving as a pastor for 29 years.
The first six years were in four very different churches and locations, from Rhode Island to Florida and from 18 to 500 people. For the last twenty-three years, I’ve been the Senior Pastor of NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, MI, previously known as Temple Baptist Church of Detroit. I’ve had the privilege of being part of an amazing transition…from an old dying church with a great heritage but looking forward to a very indefinite future, to a church that is making a profound impact in thousands of lives today.
In this ever changing world, transition is absolutely necessary in all churches, (young and old, traditional and contemporary, declining and growing). I am passionate about helping people learn from our experience how they can successfully lead and process change without compromising God’s truth. The reason is simple. If we don’t change the way we do ministry, we will fail to connect God’s life transforming truth to our constantly changing world. At the same time, if we compromise God’s truth, then, no matter how successful we are at reaching people today, we have nothing of eternal value to offer them.
Personally, my entire life is shaped by what Christ has and continues to do in and through me. I’ve been married to Roxann for 37 years. She has always been and continues to be my partner in life and ministry. We have three adult children, two son-in-laws and 5 grandchildren. In the summer, I enjoy water sports…especially skiing. In the winter, I enjoy dreaming about it.
If there is any way that I can encourage or help you in your leadership or in fulfilling your passion to reach this desperate world, let me know.