Brian, a native of Southern California, joined First Pres as Senior Pastor in 2004 and has planted deep roots here in in Lake County. He was raised in Palos Verdes, CA, studied at Georgetown University, and received degrees from UCLA., Princeton Theological Seminary, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia. He and his wife, Jill, fell in love when they were in seminary together at Princeton and they started their marriage, as well as their ministries, in suburban Detroit. From 1993 to 2004, Brian served as pastor at Orangewood Presbyterian Church in Phoenix.
Brian speaks Italian and Spanish with some fluency and maintains many Christian friendships in Italy and around the globe. He carries his doctoral research and learning forward as a leader in ecumenical and liturgical thought, as well as in interreligious work. In his free time, he loves to paint, photograph, and bike on trails and beside our local lakes. In the winter, Brian likes to hunker down with a good book. In the summer, he loves to take a nap in the Midwestern summer breeze.
Brian and Jill have two adult children, Annie and Ben, and they adore spending time with their young grandchildren. Annie is a teacher and lives with her husband and children in Libertyville. Ben is a farm manager and musician in Raleigh, North Carolina.