Loves Long Beach and his silver scooter. Enjoys teaching and telling energized children’s’ stories. Brandon leads by following Jesus well. – Bri Smith…
JOB TITLE: Pastor of Vision and Teaching
HOMETOWN: Birmingham, AL
FAMILY: Rebecca (wife), Charlotte (2 yr) and Leif (- 1 yr) My parents and siblings are from the South and still lives in the South. I sincerely regret that my accent has worn off, but alas, them’s the breaks.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in History from Brandeis University, Masters of Studies in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford
IN 10 WORDS OR LESS
Describe your job. I get to be with people as we pursue truly meaningful lives and the hope of human hearts. It’s challenging, rewarding, and I am totally grateful I get to do what I do.
Favorite accomplishment/project since joining staff? I believe we are creating a culture of discipleship–following Jesus–and of living for others (which is basically the same thing).
One thing people don’t realize about the staff that they need to know? Superlatives fall short of describing our staff. I love the people I get to work with.
THIS OR THAT
Spicy or mild? Mild. I consider myself a burgeoning foodie, but I’m also a wimp (another of life’s paradoxes).
Introvert or extrovert? I’m considering writing a book called ‘I, Introvert.’
Superpower: fire breath or freeze breath? Flying (why would any one want superpower breath?)
Sweet or Salty? Sweet, all day long and a bag of chips (wait, did I just contradict myself?)
Sunrise or Sunset? C’mon…is this a personality test or something? Choose ecstasy or total bliss. Choose fuzzy kittens or fuzzy bunnies. But if I have to choose…sunset.
Fruit or Veggies? My spirit says veggies, but my flesh says fruit.
One thing you miss about being a kid? Fireflies. Also, He-man.
Favorite restaurant in Long Beach? Oh, boy, let’s see: At Last Cafe (Broadway and Orange), Panvimarn (Thai, Carson and Bellflower), Long Beach Pizza Co (Broadway and Redondo)
The best movie of all time is… Glory, Dead Poets Society, The Shawshank Redemption, The Karate Kid, Groundhog Day (I know…I cheated)
Everyone should read…
‘Til We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis)
1984 (George Orwell)
Lord of the Flies (British dude whose name I can’t remember…smart one, though)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)