Rev. Brittain succeeds Dr. Clifton Howard, who is moving to the role of Assistant to the Bishop on July 1.
by J. Vance Morton*
“Brad Brittain is particularly poised to guide the South District – a district with a high number of new congregations and a growing suburban/urban edge in the North Austin/Round Rock area along with a significant number of small town and rural congregations,” stated Bishop Lowry. “He has been a strong leader at each of the churches he has served. He has done outstanding work at Central UMC in Waco and prior to that gave Mexia UMC superb leadership in a changing environment. Furthermore, his relatively young age will help the Cabinet better understand the emerging generations of our conference.”
Brad answered his call to ministry in 1998 and enrolled in Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth (Master of Divinity 2001) and has served churches in the CTC since April of 2000 – Alliance UMC (2000-01, associate pastor), FUMC Dawson/Tehuacana UMC (2001-06, pastor), FUMC Mexia (2006-11, pastor) and most recently, Central UMC, Waco (2011-present, pastor).
“I have had the opportunity of serving five different churches in my ministry,” Brad recently reflected. “Serving in these churches has taught me many things, not the least of which is that each ministry setting is unique, and that, as pastors, we can learn much from those we have been called to serve.”
While Brad has had success in all of his local church appointments and has served the conference in various other leadership capacities, such as the Commission on Church Growth and Development, Mission Leadership Team, Evangelism Task Force, Board of Ordained Ministry and, most recently as an HCI consultant/coach, he was more than a little surprised when he received the call from Bishop Lowry about becoming a DS. “Oh yeah, it was not something we were expecting and there is a lot I’m going to miss about being a local church pastor,” Brad admitted. “But my family and I are excited about this opportunity”
“As with all pastors, I have faced some particularly challenging circumstances in my appointments and have learned a great deal about how to lead a church through difficult times,” Brad continued. “I am going to miss serving at Central UMC. As with all the congregations we’ve served, Central has been a real blessing in my life and I am glad to say that I have gained many friendships from my time at the church.”
Though the majority of his ministry has been in the Central District, the move south provides Rev. Brittain the chance to forge new friendships and partners in ministry. “I have not had the opportunity to serve in the South District up to this point. One of the things I am most looking forward to in this new role is getting to know the pastors and churches in the South District,” said Brad. “Ministry is about relationships and it’s important to develop those relationships with one another throughout the district. I believe we can all learn from one another and support each other as we move forward as a church.
“My family and I are all grateful for this opportunity and look forward to our time of serving together with the people and churches of the South District as we actively go about our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Brad was born in Baton Rouge, LA and grew up in DFW area family that was very active in various church communities. His father was a chaplain at Buckner Children’s Home in Dallas and later became a United Methodist pastor in the Central Texas Conference. He and his wife Alisha have two boys, Ben (15 – high school sophomore) and Andrew (12 – Seventh Grade). Alisha has taught school for many years and currently educates third graders at Lorena Elementary School. The Brittain family enjoys sports, the outdoors, exercise, church activities, travel and spending time with friends.
*Vance is the director of Communications & IT for the CTC. firstname.lastname@example.org