- Board of Directors - Member
Brett is the Pastor of Community & Outreach at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He is from Jackson, Mississippi and received a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Mississippi College (1990) and a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri (2002). Prior to joining the Rivermont staff in 2013, Brett planted Grace Hill Community Church (EPC) in Nixa, Missouri (2009-2012) and was an Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church (EPC) in St. Louis, Missouri (2002-2009). He also has 7 years of church development and renewal experience in St. Louis, Missouri. Brett and his wife, Denise, were married at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis in 1999 and are grateful to God for their two children Jackson, born in 2007, and Anna Sloan, born in 2009. When not working in their yard or repainting old furniture, Brett and Denise can be found eating breakfast at Market at Main, reading lots of books to their kids and watching artsy films.
Brett grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and the world of Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help. Though he was too sheltered to understand the world he was living in, he got a taste of it when he moved to St. Louis and joined a college ministry that conducted part of their outreach in a housing project. It was there that he began to see the face of injustice and generational poverty as they worked with children. Through his membership in the Christian Community Development Association, he was deeply impacted by the ministries of John Perkins, Dolphus Weary and Robert Lupton. The years spent serving in this ministry left an indelible mark on him, and prepared him for the next phase of life. Prior to moving to Lynchburg, Brett moved his
family back home to Jackson, MS, to be closer to his family following the untimely death of his father. While in Jackson, they began attending a multicultural Presbyterian church called Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Such a church seemed unimaginable to Brett, having grown up in such a segregated city. Yet under the leadership of Pastor Mike Campbell, this church lived out daily the reality of the gospel of God’s grace as they worshipped, served and live together in community. For the first time, Brett found himself seeing people of color as just people. It wasn’t Sam the black man or Judy the African-American woman. It was just Sam and Judy. It transformed his life. This transformation led him to Rivermont EPC as the Pastor of Community and Outreach. In that role, he has been blessed to lead this church to deepen and expand its relationships with No Walls partner churches. He is excited about what the future holds.