I love bread. I’ve made it my life goal to deliver fresh *manna to folks everywhere. And like manna, when people hear my sermons they often respond like the Israelites did when they first encountered God’s fresh bread - “what is this?”
I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It has a built in motivator that no other exercise has for me - a grown man violently attempting to choke me out. I do however engage in extremely fast paced walking around my neighborhood, but only when I’m feeling really up to it and the weather is just right.
I love to read, although, if there were films made of theological, historical, and business books - I’d watch them all, preferably done by Peter Jackson. I have tons and tons of books in my office. I am sure I’ve read most of them, at least one chapter of each book.
I love my family. I now have four kids and one wife. I often wonder if it were biblical times, it may have been the other way around but I shouldn’t talk like that. Jim Gaffigan once said, “you know what it’s like having 5 kids? Imagine you’re drowning. And someone hands you a baby.” I guess I’m drowning but we’re having the time of our lives as we go down!
I love my tribe. I have the greatest gig ever. I get to walk alongside some of the bravest, most inspirational folks I’ve ever met. I say brave because if you knew what they had to overcome in order to live their lives for Christ you too would admire each and every one of them. Ekko for me has become a dream come true. My wife will often say to me, “Ekko has made a pastor out of you.” I agree.
Bryan is the founding pastor of Ekko Church in Southern California.
*manna was the “bread” from heaven that God provided for the Israelites during the Exodus. Manna can be translated - “What is it” or “What is this?”
I got an Art degree (Studio Art) from UCI, known for it’s Biology and Literature Departments.
I received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis on Organizational Development and Change from Regent University, known for it’s Broadcasting and Law Departments.
I've enjoyed rich theological conversations at George Fox Seminary and Fuller Seminary.
I am currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry Leadership degree from Portland Seminary (formerly known as George Fox Seminary).