STAFF PROFILES: PASTOR BARRY BRENDEN
We're thankful for our awesome staff team members who are serving in ministry at Highlands! Staff Profiles is an opportunity for you to get to know each of them a bit better, and maybe even learn something about them you didn't know.
Tell us a bit about your background in a paragraph:
My mom and dad were married and first lived along the Cedar River near what's now the Renton Community Center. Then they moved to Burien where my twin sister and I were born. I attended the UW and graduated in Pharmacy, and then moved to Moses Lake with my new bride, Ginny. We lived there 10 years and then returned to the Seattle area where God called me into full time ministry in 2000, serving on the pastoral staff at Highlands.
Tell us about your role on staff at Highlands:
My current role on staff is in the area of congregational care. This includes but is not limited to visitation, weddings, memorials, GriefShare, DivorceCare, Celebrate Recovery, Stephen Ministry, counseling, benevolence, and prayer teams. I also oversee the 60+ Ministry and the Joy Group. There is nothing I've experienced that compares with the fulfillment of seeing the real, life changing power of Jesus Christ in people's lives.
Share a verse or passage of scripture that has impacted your life:
I've seen many changes over the last 30 years at Highlands. What has steadied me the most is knowing that the Lord Jesus, my leader, never changes. He is worthy of my trust. Through difficult times I remember the words of Paul, "But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24
What is something you enjoy about living in the Seattle area?
I enjoy so much of the outdoors and being active in sports. Within minutes I can be on a trail and enjoy the refreshing solitude of the forests. I love playing tennis and the ministry among my tennis partners. I also love cycling and enjoy multi-day tours around the area.
What is something you love to do outside of serving in ministry?
I love family camping, backpacking with my friends, and summers at the beach.
Share a fun fact about yourself or something that most people don’t know about you:
I'm an Eagle Scout. Yes, once an Eagle always an Eagle. I have great memories as a kid of monthly backpacking trips year-round. In winters, we snowshoed into the Chinook Pass area and dug snow caves or built igloos, sometimes in blizzard conditions. I wouldn’t trade one memory for anything.