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.
Pastor at Coram Deo Ministries
Joe was born into a Christian home with godly parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Battling with the state of his soul he began teaching in a Christian school. Through coming to embrace the Reformed faith, in God’s kindness he savingly embraced the Savior.
People marry for better or worse. Joe got better with Heidi. Joe has been graced with six children whom they home school (and by they, we mean Heidi): Zoe, Joe Jr. Martin, Jackson, Karis and Odessa. He really loves his family and firmly believes in the saying, “No home – No ministry.” for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?
Joe has been involved in Christian Schools for most of his adult life and currently is the CEO of Logos Public Charter School in Medford. He previously pastored a church in Northern Michigan. His goal is to provide for his children the education he wished he would have gotten both educationally and Biblically. He currently is the board Vice-Chair of the Medford Pregnancy center.
He is joining the local Cal Ripken youth baseball board and coaching his sons. He is the process of installing/maintaining a baseball field in his front yard for his children and their friends. He used to fish, hunt, and golf all the time, but now he has 6 kids… No home- no ministry. He does duck hunt and golf occasionally.
Joe is bothered by: Cumbersome regulations, incompetence and competitions where everyone gets a trophy.
Favorite Bible Passage: whichever book of the Bible we are going through as a church. The Bible is so alive – deep enough for elephants to swim in and infants to play in.
Person who has had the biggest impact on my life: Without question my mother who passed away in 03
I love quoting Star Wars, The Godfather, Seinfeld, & Rocky! Paul used to quote the pagans so I guess it has its place. Of course bringing Scripture to bare on any topic is preferable. I do enjoy studying theology and listening to sermons. I enjoy Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I enjoy the Tabletalk devotional and currently studying through the book of Acts.
Passionate about: making Kingdom impact, planting churches and cultivating service within the church.
Church quote: “I think a lot of people aren’t really looking for a church. They are looking for reasons NOT to have to go to yours.” – my brother (although he probably stole it because it is pretty profound).
Book recommendations from Pastor Joe:
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
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!!