Welcome Andy Bryan
I thought it might be helpful to share my personal thoughts with you as Rev. Andy Bryan begins his ministry at Manchester UMC on July 1.
First, I’ve known Andy’s father and grandfather for as long as I’ve been in ministry. His grandfather, Monk Bryan, was Senior Pastor at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia before being elected bishop. His dad, Jim Bryan, served that same church before retiring a few years ago. And, coincidentally, my office as campus minister was in that church, so we have a deep connection.
I mention this because it’s a wonderful testimony when a son or daughter follows in a parent’s/grandparent’s pastoral footsteps. It means that they’ve been presented a positive, faith-based picture of the pastoral life that’s opened them to hear their own personal calling. It also means that they’ve received a real-life education about the pastoral profession that’s better than anything that can be learned at seminary!
At the same time, Andy has shaped his ministry based on his own unique gifts and graces. He is a talented musician, gifted preacher, and caring pastor. He’s also a recognized leader in the Missouri Annual Conference, having been elected a delegate to both the 2016 and 2020 General Conferences. Additionally, he was invited to a meeting, hosted by Rev. Adam Hamilton, at the Church of the Resurrection, where people shared their thoughts regarding our denomination’s future in light of the 2019 General Conference.
Recently, Andy and I did a video that was a fun way to get acquainted with him. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it on our YouTube channel.
I hope you will join me in praying for Andy, his wife Erin, and their family as they make the transition from Springfield into our community. Manchester UMC will be blessed by his leadership!
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June 22-23:Serving Life (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Philippians 4:10-14). A unique strength of Christianity is the ability to grow stronger spiritually and communally through concrete acts of service. We’ll explore how those “thorny” times of life can be transformed into break-through moments of the Holy Spirit.
June 30: The Christian Life and Transitions (Luke 9:57-62). In my final sermon at Manchester UMC, I’ll look back over our years together and celebrate where we’ve seen the unmistakable signs of the Holy Spirit moving in our midst. In the process, I’ll lift up how truly unique our congregation is, and how very bright our future is!