Our New Senior Pastor
On Sunday, December 3, the congregation voted to call Brandon Barrett as our next Senior Pastor.
Brandon was the Senior Pastor Search Committee’s unanimous recommendation to the Session, which also approved Brandon unanimously. We continue to celebrate this great news and give thanks to our good and gracious God.
As the congregation was informed during the presentation prior to the vote, Brandon currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Grace ARP Church in Columbia, South Carolina, which was started by Brandon as a mission church of First Presbyterian Church (Columbia) in 2011 and has grown into a flourishing congregation. Before that, Brandon was Senior Pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian in Williamsburg, Virginia, from 2006 to 2011. He has also served as a Reformed University Fellowship campus minister at the College of William & Mary (2004-06), and on the staff of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1996-2001).
Brandon is originally from Nashville, TN, and graduated from Davidson College in 1994. He earned his M.Div. from the Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, in 2004. Brandon was ordained as a pastor in the ARP denomination in 2011, and as a teaching elder in the PCA denomination in 2004.
Brandon met his wife, Elizabeth, while they were both undergraduate students at Davidson. She subsequently graduated from medical school at Chapel Hill. The Barretts have five children, all of middle or elementary school ages.
During the presentation on December 3, the process followed by the search committee was explained and reports were given on Brandon’s references, his commitment to our Vision and Values, his preaching style, his personality, and his family. In case you missed it, Click here to view a video of the presentation.
Brandon will officially join our staff in mid-February and will preach his first sermon on Easter Sunday. Consistent with his call, between the start of his employment with the church and his first sermon, Brandon will be finding a home in Greenville, moving his family, and having a period of preparation, contemplation, prayer, study of God’s Word and rest prior to starting his full-time ministry with us. We look forward to welcoming the Barretts to Greenville ARP and to Brandon’s ministry among us. Further announcements regarding an “official” welcoming event will be forthcoming after the holidays.