Salvation and Training
Brian grew up in Indianapolis in a religious family that went to church regularly. However, he did not hear the Gospel until he was in junior high. He was born again in 1970 when he was 13 years old.
God called him to the ministry a few years later through the influence of his high school, Heritage Christian School. Upon graduation in 1974, he attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in Christian Missions. Years later, he took classes in the seminary, graduating with a Master of Ministry degree (2009) and a Specialist in Ministry degree (2012). Currently, he is working toward the Doctor of Ministry degree.
Regarding family life, Brian met Ruth Snow during their junior year of college. Both had a sense of God’s calling toward ministry and they believed he was leading them to serve together. They were married the summer after graduation in 1978. God blessed their home with a daughter who also graduated from Bob Jones University.
After graduation from BJU, he and Ruth taught in a Christian high school in Illinois for three years. Subsequently, they applied to Gospel Fellowship Association Missions as missionary candidates to Spain and began their deputation ministry. They completed their deputation toward the end of 1983 and arrived in Spain in January 1984. After 25 years of ministry, the Lord led them back to the States in 2008 to help care for Brian’s parents who were in failing health. Providentially, Benson Baptist Church was looking for a pastor at that time. The congregation voted to call him as their pastor in the spring of 2009. His first Sunday was April 19 of that year.
Expository messages form the core of Pastor Brian’s preaching ministry. He takes the congregation through the study of key passages and even entire books of the Bible. His emphasis is on a greater understanding of God’s truth and its practical application in the believer’s life. He stresses the need for personal faith in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation.