Telling Our Story: Brandon Gilvin (Aug 15-16)
Presentation: The Church, The Neighborhood, The World
From Community Gardens to Global Sustainable Development, your church can develop partnerships that make a real difference. Join with Brandon Gilvin to discuss ways your community can use asset-based development, make global connections, and live into life-changing partnerships.
Brandon studied Religious Studies and Creative Writing at Hiram College in Hiram, OH, and received his Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in 2002. In both his undergraduate and graduate work, he sought to find intersection points between human creativity, a life of faith, and working for justice. In doing so, Brandon found passions for innovative, imaginative ministry and working to ask (and occasionally answer) difficult questions about globalization, human rights, and engagement with grassroots issues. While a student at Vanderbilt, Brandon interned at the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa as a Peace Educator, an experience that further helped him develop his sense of vocation. Following graduation, Brandon served as a Pastoral Resident at Central Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. While there, he was deeply involved in the life of the church - teaching, leading worship, providing pastoral care and developing programs. In 2004, he returned to Africa through Global Ministries, serving the All Africa Conference of Churches in Nairobi, Kenya, as the Programme Executive for Communication, leading communication efforts for the network of more than 190 churches, denominations and ecumenical councils. He then served a year as the North American Regional Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation in Toronto, Ontario, where he worked with students interested in faith-based social activism.
From Toronto, Brandon headed to Olathe, KS, where he served Saint Andrew Christian Church as Associate Pastor. While at Saint Andrew, Brandon focused on Social Justice, Adult Education, and Young Adult Ministries. He taught classes on Biblical Studies, Sex/uality and the Bible, Political Theology. He then served as the Associate Director of Week of Compassion, the Relief, Refugee and Development Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Brandon writes with creativity, innovation, and highly values scholarly integrity in his approach to Sacred Texts. Brandon is available as a speaker, consultant, and freelance writer.
Brandon and his wife Lisa reside in Kansas City.
Blog: The Long Road Home
- Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations
- Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics
- Banned Questions About the Bible
Schedule of events
2pm Light Lunch@ the home of Chuck & Mary Ann Lewis (please call the office if you need the address)
6pm Drinks at Holy Grale
9:45am Sunday School
11am Worship Service
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