He received his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. While in seminary Brad served as a pastoral intern at First Presbyterian Church in Toms River, New Jersey and as a chaplain at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.
In August of 2001, Brad married his wife, Amy, who is also a graduate from Princeton and an ordained pastor. She is currently attending the graduate school at George Fox University to receive her Master in Social Work degree. Brad and Amy have two children: Benjamin and Phoebe.
Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed getting to know each member of the Session and staff through one-on-one meals. Now, I would like to set apart some time to get to know people in our congregation and community. Over the next several months, I would like to meet one-on-one with individual people or if you prefer I can meet with you as a couple or as a family. I would like to learn your story and listen to how you see the Spirit moving at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church. I have set up a webpage through signupgenius.com where you can pick a time to sign-up to meet with me. If you are not very technologically savvy, you can call Carolyn at the church (503-667-6800) and she would be happy to sign you up on your behalf.
For now, I am usually available to meet at the following times. (This may change after a couple of months)
Mondays – 10:00 coffee; 12:00 lunch; 3:00 Coffee/Tea/Ice Cream
Tuesdays – 12:30 lunch
Wednesdays – 10:00 coffee; 12:00 lunch; 3:00 Coffee/Tea/Ice Cream Thursdays – 12:00 lunch
Fridays – 8:00 breakfast or 9 holes of golf
I would be happy to meet you at any restaurant or café near to where you live or work. (It is Dutch treat – we will pay for our own meals/beverages.) If you prefer not to have coffee or a meal, we can just meet in the church during those times listed. I can also meet you at your home, as long as there is somebody else in the house. (As you may be aware, in today’s world, professional ethics for pastors require that they do not meet with parishioners alone in private residences – unless it is a pastoral emergency.)
The conversations are pretty free flowing. But, in preparation for the meeting, I might ask you the following questions:
1) Tell me a little bit about who you are – your background, your family, your occupation, your hobbies, your talents and skills, your passions, things that give you joy, and anything else I should know about
2) Tell me why you are glad to be a part of this congregation. What brought you here? What excites you about this church?
3) What specifically do you think God wants us to emphasize in the next 3-5 years?
Please Note: If stories and opinions are shared that are obviously confidential, please be aware that I will keep it in confidence. But, I may summarize in general what I hear people saying about God’s vision for the church.