Brian is husband to Ani for the past twelve years and father to Cole, Ava, and Duke. Brian grew up in church and with his father owns his own tow truck company. He is mechanically inclined and enjoys hunting and fishing. Brian has recently started playing the drums and functions as our chief musician. He is trying to grow a bigger beard than the guys on Duck Dynasty.
Brian is very level headed and even keeled. He has a huge heart for the mission and vision of Coram Deo. Brian also manages all the churches finances, and is currently seeking to build his theological library.
Brian’s favorite Bible passage is Philippians 2- and he wants to cultivate a servant’s heart.
Favorite quote, “It’s hard to be standing on the promises when you are never sitting on the premises.”
Brian is currently reading Rhythms of Grace by Mike Cosper, Reading through Acts and meditating on Colossians 1 every day.
Brian is passionate about incorporating the gospel into every sermon. He says if you do not call man to respond to the gospel message then you are not really preaching the gospel. Rumor has it Mark Devers has copied this and put it into one of his books.
Everyone likes Brian.
Book recommendations from Pastor Brian:
What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Radical by David Platt
Center Church by Tim Keller
The KJV Only Controversy by James White
(and not because I like to stir it up, but because it is a book that really opened my eyes and got me thinking about “religion” and “tradition” differently.) This book was very influential in my path to reformed fundamentalism.
Deacon at Coram Deo Ministries
I was born into a typical hardworking family who embraced religion (at least twice a year). But at age 17 I realized something was missing. At age 17, out of the blue, a cute girl invited me to a Christmas youth group party, and about 2 months later my merciful God reached out to me and granted me His full assurance of salvation. It is now 38 years later and I love my sweet Savior Jesus Christ more now then I ever have.
I have been a member of Coram Deo Ministries since its inception and organization. In fact I have been in complete support of Joe and Brian (our pastors) before the church even organized in the spring of 2013.
In the spring of 2015 Joe and Brian put forward the belief that the church needed a deacon and presented that idea to the church and there was a consensus and ultimately the church ordained me. You may ask “Why does a small fledgling church need a deacon?”
First, our church whole heartedly is attempting to practice the scriptural directive of Acts 6:2. I believe also it is the primary responsibility of all elders to focus and to prioritize and focus on the study of the Word of God and in turn bring the bread of life before the world and the church. Secondly, the church recognized that Jayne (my wife of 35 years) and I met the qualifications of a deacon. However our Coram Deo elders have a strong belief that all our membership will truly thrive as devoted servants of God….regardless if someone being a deacon. A servant’s heart for our lost world and the brethren is a tremendous indication of our spiritual condition overall.
I am recent cancer survivor and say of that experience and time in my life, “it was the most blessed trial I have ever been through in my entire life!”
I dearly love to listen to and sing gospel music. I actually love doing quite literally anything that glorifies God, makes Jesus famous and love even the thought of making God smile. I love helping those who need and want help. Sunday’s corporate worship and fellowships used to be somewhat “duty” oriented for me but at Coram Deo they are a joy! I so look forward to being with my brothers and sisters in Christ now!!
Deacon at Coram Deo Ministries
Scott started coming to Coram Deo in 2015. A friend commented that the best thing Scott could do for his unborn son was to root his family in faith – a simple comment that was the start of incredible growth in the Lord for the Birkinshaw family. His appetites are daily turning from the things of this world to the kingdom of God, something that doesn’t fail to astonish him and cause him to praise the Lord!
Scott is a jovial man who desires to serve the Lord above all. The Birkinshaw mission statement is “To live in loving unity and be good stewards of all that God has given us.”