|Autobiography:||Brad is a grew up in Vining, Minnesota (a small town of 82 people). He was active in church, 4-H, school, and community programs. Brad attended St. Olaf College majoring in Religion and Political Science. During the summers during college Brad worked at Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria, Minnesota. |
Following college, Brad received his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he focused on Bible, Preaching, and ethics. During his time in Massachusetts, Brad did 12-20 hr/week contextual education at First Lutheran Church in Lynn, Massachusetts.
After a year on Cape Cod, Brad completed his Lutheran year at Luther seminary and then served as Vicar at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oakland, California, as part of the Horizon site program.
Going through candidacy as an openly gay man there were few calls available upon completion of seminary and internship. At this point Brad was called to and served for nearly five years a Presbyterian church in Minnetonka, MN.
For the last three and a half years Brad has served as solo pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis. At Calvary Brad is engaged in work with preaching and worship, children and youth, pastoral care, and social justice issues...as well as administration.
Outside of the congregation Brad is active in issues of racial, economic and glbt issues through Isaiah, CTUL, MN without Poverty, OutFront Minnesota, and Minnesotans United for All Families. Brad also serves as the program committee chair for the Proclaim (formerly ELM retreat), and as a guest speaker, presenter, and Bible study leader.
Brad enjoys writing poetry, doing genealogy, jogging, and spending time with family and friends. Brad is partnered and has a nineteen month old son.
Recent books include: Servant Leadership (Greenleaf), Plan B (Anne Lamott), The View from Delphi (Odell), The Grace of Silence (Norris). Last year Brad used continuing education to spend time at the Nobel Peace Museum in Oslo, Norway and visit Scandinavian churches.