Husband: to Julie Brazzel
Dad: to Holley and Courtney Brazzel
After being on a church staff for 30 years and pastoring for over 20, we have been called to something different every day. Since 2013 I’ve been doing missions full-time, writing, shooting some video spots, doing a little podcasting (I think that’s a verb now), and preaching.
When I left the pastorate I became the first full-time director of Exposed To Christ Ministries. ETC is devoted to helping churches connect to the mission field. We lead trips, plan trips for churches, and help churches create strategies that help them accomplish the mission.
In 2018 I started working with a local association of Baptist churches in East Texas, Unity Baptist Association. I am now the Director of Missions for UBA along with maintaining my leadership of ETC Ministries.
I’m also producing a video series to help small group Bible study leaders who are using some of the Lifeway Bible study series material. Each week I put out a 9-10 minute video on the passage used in 2 series by Lifeway: Bible Studies for Life and Explore the Bible. You can check out my YouTube page here.
I took my first mission trip to South Dakota when I was twelve. We helped a new church plant get started in Rapid City. Since then I’ve been on over 50 mission trips around the world. We’ve been to places like: Japan, South Korea, Pittsburgh, New York, Vermont, Lebanon, Syria, Rome, Greece, the UK, Mexico, San Francisco, St. Louis, Phoenix, and more. We’ve been to the Olympics in Beijing, London, and this summer in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve done work with churches, children, missionaries on the field, refugees, colleges and church plants. We’ve taken youth, college, young adults, median adults, and senior adults. We’ll go anywhere, take anyone, and do anything!
Alumni: The University of Texas (hook’em horns!), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (twice)
Hobbies: Golf (is that a hobby or a torture chamber?), Playing with my grandson Jackson, Movies (my first degree was Radio-TV-Film)
Favorite Movies: The Godfather, James Bond movies (Sean Connery is my favorite Bond), Jason Bourne movies, Hoosiers and Tin Cup (sports movies), Pink Panther (especially with Peter Sellers)