|Brad Bryant is a minister for the Community of Christ, serving in the office of Seventy, having been ordained to this ministry in October, 2003.
Prior to serving in the role of Seventy, Brad has served in the ministries of Teacher, Priest, and Elder in the church.
During his years of Christian ministry, Brad has served in several leadership roles, both at the local congregation level, as well as in district and mission center leadership roles. Included in those roles were: Pastor for the Bloomington IL congregation, Congregation Financial Officer, Congregation membership recorder, Christian Education leader, Pastoral Care leader, Missionary leader.
His district-level leadership roles have included: District President, Leadership Commissioner, Temple School Representative, Counselor to the District President, Communications director, and reunion class teacher. He also provides Shelby computer-system training for recorders at congregational, district and mission center levels.
Brad, and his wife Donna, currently reside in Effingham, Illinois. They have 3 grown sons: Brendon, Adam, and Kevin.
Brad is currently serving in missionary-focused roles, both in the Effingham area, as well as in congregations around the Brush Creek USA Mission Center, and beyond. He is employed by the Brush Creek Mission Center as the Mission Initiatives Coordinator and Titus Team coordinator, focused on bringing support, encouragement and resources to local congregational ministries. Brad also currently serves as Communication Facilitator for the Brush Creek USA Mission Center, managing the Mission Center website and e-mail communications across our 25 congregations. He is certified to teach Temple School courses, a Registered Youth Worker, and a trained facilitator for Covenant Discipleship Groups.
Brad has received the Pastoral Ministries Certificate from Temple School, and completed his Seventy Education & Training Certification in 2009.
As a Seventy (missionary), Brad is also actively engaged in a number of internet-based outreach and ministry methods, and serves as a regular host for Sunday Chats, a seeker-focused online chat with a minister opportunity. See our “Online Church? Yes!” page for more details.
Brad is active as a Disaster Services volunteer in the American Red Cross Disaster Relief team, where he is a Service Associate for: Mass Care, Client Casework, Material Support Services (Logistics), Disaster Assessment; and a supervisor in Training, Partner Services (Government Liaison), and Technology Customer Service. He teaches basic and advanced Disaster Preparedness and Response classes for new and existing volunteers. The Bloomington chapter recognized him with the 1999 Volunteer of the Year award, and he also received the 2002 Illinois State Excellence in Service (Disaster Services) Award.
He also holds the Scouter’s Key and Scoutmaster Training Award through the Boy Scouts of America, and is a Wood Badge graduate for adult leaders.
Brad is retired from Hewlett-Packard Co, where he worked for nearly 28 years, providing post-sales computer software support, consulting, training, and project management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Graceland University in Computer Science and Business Administration.
Brad has served in ministry roles for several congregations, including: Jefferson City Missouri, Lamoni Iowa, Bloomington and Effingham Illinois. Beyond his “home congregations”, Brad frequently travels to offer ministry in many other congregations, including this growing list: Beardstown IL, Carbondale IL, Centralia IL, Champaign IL, Decatur IL, Eldorado IL, Enfield England, Fairfield IL, Georgetown IL, Harrisburg IL, Jacksonville IL, Lowbanks Ontario Canada, Martinsville IL, Maryville IL, Massac Creek IL, Mt Vernon IL, Nauvoo IL, Pana IL, Pekin IL, Power House (Baltimore MD), Salem IL, Saunemin IL, Sawyerville IL, Sikeston MO, Springfield IL, Stuttgart Germany, Taylorville IL, Thompsonville IL, and Tunnel Hill IL.
His favorite quote comes from the first book of Nephi: “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord gives no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commanded them.”