Brian was raised in the San Gabriel Valley in a town called Temple City right next to Arcadia. Brian’s parents were very involved with the church while he and his brother, Brent were growing up. Brian was baptized on Easter in 1980 at El Monte First Christian Church. Brian’s family moved to First Baptist Church of Temple City in 1984 where his parents still attend and stay active. Brian was in the sixth grade at the time and also happens to be where he met his future bride, Cindy.
Brian was recruited out of Temple City High School to compete as a pole vaulter at Cal. State University, Northridge where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics. Brian and Cindy were eventually married on August of 1995 and they began to search for a church of their own which landed them at Hillcrest Christian Church, which is now Shepherd Church, in the fall of 1995. Brian attended the Encounter weekend in February of 2006. Upon coming home from that decided that God had called him to get involved with the children’s ministry which he did and started volunteering in JAM at the Saturday night 6:30 service. Pastor Mike and Lu Williams had big plans to transform the 5:00 service into Kid Street (now Family Theatre), a Family style service where kids bring their parents to church. Brian was asked to perform on stage and did several characters including Gordo and Sam Shovel since Kid Street started. Brian has also been the kid’s choir director for the 4 and 5 year old Sonbeam Singers for several seasons and enjoyed every minute of both ministries.
Brian found true transformation however once attending the School of Discipleship course (an extension of the Encounter Ministry). God put in Brian’s heart, a passion for teaching and leading men through their own transformation. Weekly meetings with these men and with Bahram as his mentor, God began a work that will continue into the new chapter of Brian’s life and full time service to our Creator God.
Brian has since earned a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry and Leadership from Hope International University.
Brian is a huge Dodger fan and listens and/or watches nightly during the baseball season. And yes, we got robbed by the Houston ***. Brian and Cindy have been married for 24 years and have two boys and a little girl: Zachary (19), James (17) and Avery (14).
Things you may not know about him:
- Brian loves riding his skateboard in empty pools, surfing, and rock climbing. He does at least two of these different activities every week!
- Brian is a Star Wars fanatic and knows far too much about any of it. The newest episodic movie was decent, but "The Mandalorian" and the last seasons of "Rebels" and "The Clone Wars" have been fantastic!!
- Brian was a pole vaulter at TCHS and CSUN and then coached for more than 10 years at the university and collegiate levels.
Contact Pastor Brian:
818.831.9333 ext. 2138