Our Pastor and Head of Staff
Rev. Ted Brandt
Pastor Ted has a heart for teaching, preaching, and helping people make a difference in the lives of others. He is great at inviting people to discover their calling and employ their gifts so that, together, we can be a part of what God is doing all around us.
Ted graduated with a business degree from Bryant University, then earned his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary while leading a congregation as their pastor.
Ted was awarded a seminary scholarship to study for a year in Jerusalem and Galilee, where he developed his passion for helping people to understand the Bible within its world and then applying it to our lives and the world today. He has since designed and led several group study tours to the lands of the Bible.
After pastoring in New England for several years, Ted went to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he helped to lead a seminary and taught preaching, New Testament, and Greek language for seven years at the Theological College of Zimbabwe.
Ted has been our pastor since 2006; over the years he has served in a number of ways in our community and in helping other congregations and regional ministries through the Presbytery of Santa Barbara.
Together Pastor Ted and his wife Selina have six children – three boys and three girls – and two dogs.